This past Friday, my husband Mike and I laced up our sneakers and headed over to Emory University for the Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society.
Welcome to the Relay for Life!
Mike and I arrived at Relay site around 7pm on Friday, April 9th. After checking in, we spent some time exploring the event site to get the lay of the land.
Me with the Relay for Life banner.
For each Relay event, the track is lined with Luminaria that serve as lanterns to light the way through the night. Luminaria can be purchased in the name of survivors and as a way to honor those that have been lost to cancer. Prior to this walk, I dedicated a special gold Luminaria in Marcia's name and a regular white Luminaria in honor of my mom who is currently fighting cancer for the second time. One of the first things we did upon arriving at the Relay for Life was to locate the Luminaria for Mom and Marcia.
Hope for a cure!
Shortly after we arrived, the Relay for Life began. The first lap was led by a number of survivors with the rest of the participants following behind. We joined in the group after they passed us by and began our walk around the track.
The Survivor Lap, led by cancer survivors and the Emory Eagle!
Mike and I weren't able to spend the entire night participating in the Relay for Life, as would normally be tradition. However, we wanted to participate in a significant way, so we instead completed my eight mile training walk for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure. All together, that amounted to about 32 laps of the track and over two hours of walking, around and around and around... Luckily, there were a lot of things to look at as we walked:
The track was surrounded by campsites (for those staying the whole night, L) and tables where groups were selling snacks to the Relayers to help raise additional money for the American Cancer Society (R)
There were also signs highlighting some of the work of the American Cancer Society. This sign was particularly meaningful since Herceptin has been Mom's wonder drug during her cancer treatments!
Just after sunset, a series of performers took to the stage at one end of the track to provide entertainment for all of the Relayers. During this performance, three separate dance groups performed.