Relay for Life!
Our island’s 8th annual Relay for Life is coming up, and you don’t want to miss it. Here are the basics from event chair Elisa Howard:
WHEN: Start at 3pm on Saturday, July 28th and ends 10am on Sunday, July 29th.
WHERE: Friday Harbor High School Track- 45 Blair St., Friday Harbor, Washington
HOW: To join Relay for Life, visit www.relayforlifeoffridayharbor.org or contact Relay for Life Chair, Elisa Howard at 360-317-6453.
WHAT/WHY: The Relay is a community activity that raises money towards fighting cancer. All proceeds of the event go toward the American Cancer Society, which in turn works to educate, advocate, provide services, and most importantly, do scientific research. There is a balance of fun and gravity, and a positive outlook is maintained throughout the event.
WHO: All community members, from the young teens who want to walk all night to the wise non-sleep deprived participate. Parents walk with young children, grandmothers and grandfathers can sit at the booths or walk as they wish. No matter what, one member of the team must always be walking.
So what’s up with this year?
There are currently 13 teams, which is well on the way to the goal of 20 teams and raising $60,000. More team members are always welcome; you can join an existing team, start your own, or donate to the cause by going to www.relayforlifefridayharbor.org. You can also become a sponsor; contact Jackie Woodwell, our American Cancer Society Partner, at jackie.woodwell(at)cancer.org.
The theme for this year is (drumroll…) Magic of Relay. There will be themed laps, games, and all sorts of fun.
If you know you can’t stay the whole time but want to be there for a specific part, check out this schedule:
3pm- Opening Ceremonies
4pm-Survivor Walk (caregivers also)
After this is finished the relay itself starts.
10pm-Luminaria Ceremony begins (the track is lit up with candles in memory of those who died of cancer, who currently battle it, and and those who have won the battle)
8am-Fight Back Ceremony
So please sign up, remember to sleep in the day before, and I’ll see you at the Relay!