“Celebrating Hope” is the theme for the 2014 Relay for Life in Cache Valley this week. The event raises awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society in its effort to eliminate the disease which accounts for one in every four deaths in this country.
Committee member Stephanie Strong said the 24-hour Relay for Life opens Friday at 2 p.m. at Heritage Park in Nibley and continues until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
She said there are numerous activities but, in her opinion, the “heart” of the event is the Friday evening Luminary Ceremony.
“This is an opportunity where we honor those affected by cancer. We honor those who’ve lost their battle, we honor those who are battling now and we honor those who have won their battle,” said Strong. “We line the track with what we call luminiaria bags. It’s basically a lunch sack that we decorate with names, or We Love You, or however you want to decorate it. Then we put a tea light in it. It’s completely dark and we take a lap of silence in honor of these people.”
On KVNU’s for the People program Wednesday, Strong said everyone is encouraged to participate in or attend the event which opens with a motorcycle group doing the first lap.
“It basically consists of teams but you don’t have to be a part of a team to come,” she said while explaining the relay. “Anyone is welcome.
“But somebody from each team is on the track at all times for the full 24 hours. What that represents is that cancer never sleeps so neither do we.”
Money raised through Relay for Life goes for cancer research and also for providing services to cancer patients and their families. Strong invites everyone to participate in the Relay for Life by supporting a team, making a donation or both.