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The information below was provided by the local Relay planning committee and is to help participants and the community better understand the purpose of the event and to keep abreast of upcoming events.
So why the all night walk-a-thon?
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life starts at early dusk and ends the next day. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotions, and mental state of the cancer patient while undergoing treatment.
The Relay begins when the sun is setting. This symbolizes the time that the person has been diagnosed as having cancer. The day is getting darker and this represents the cancer patient’s state of mind as they feel that their life is coming to an end.
As the evening goes on it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions of the cancer patient do. Around 1-2 a.m. represents the time when the cancer patients start treatments. They become exhausted, some sick, not wanting to go on, possibly wanting to go on, possibly wanting to give up.
As a participant, you have been walking and feel much the same way. You are tired, want to sleep, maybe even go home, but you cannot. You cannot stop or give up, just as the cancer patient cannot stop or give up.
Around 4-5 a.m. symbolizes the coming of the end of treatment for the cancer patient. Once again they are tired, but they know they will make it.
The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient. They see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that life will go on. The morning light brings on a new day full of life and excitement for new beginnings for the cancer patient. As a participant, you will feel the brightness of the morning and know that the end of the Relay is close at hand.
When you leave the Relay, think of the cancer patient leaving their last treatment. Just as you are exhausted and weak, so is that person after treatment.
Remember: There is no finish line until we find a cure!
— Courtesy of the American Cancer Society
Relay luminaries in honor or memory of cancer victims available
As part of Spencer County’s Relay for Life June 8-9, all participants will share in a special candle lighting ceremony to remember those individuals who have been affected by cancer. Luminaries named in honor or memory of cancer patients will be lighted and placed around the perimeter of the track. Community members are invited to support this effort by purchasing a luminary in honor of a loved one who has been touched by cancer.
In order to purchase a luminary for a loved one, send a $5 minimum contribution to: Luminaries, c/o Amanda Fox, 6905 Rock Hollow Drive, Louisville, KY 40219.
Please include your name, address and who the luminary is in memory of or in celebration of. Checks should be made payable to American Cancer Society.
Photographs, no larger than 3.5”x5”, can be included in a luminaria ceremony slide show. Pictures may not be returned. The deadline to turn in photographs is May 21. Please send to address above.
For additional information, contact Joy Thompson at 502-643-1573 or firstname.lastname@example.org