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Unread 02-06-2003, 09:25 PM
ACS Relay for Life

Has anyone ever participated in an American Cancer Society Relay for Life? I just heard about one that is coming up in Charlotte in May, and am considering trying to put a team together to walk in it. Have never even done one before, and would like to hear from anyone who has--things like how many people you need on a team to cover 24 hours of walking, how big is too big for a team, what was it like, etc.

I'd appreciate hearing anyone's experience!

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Unread 02-07-2003, 08:00 AM
ACS Relay for Life


I haven't participated in this particular walk. They might possibly have some information available on their site possibly??? Or maybe the might have some links to local chapters so you can contact someone affiliated direct???

Good luck organizing and I hope you'll have a wonderful time.


Unread 02-12-2003, 11:52 AM

My hometown held its first Relay for Life last year. I am a breast cancer 2 yr survivor and Relay was end of June last year. I was not sure about being involved- I was a bit down at the time- and I had just done quite a few other survivorship events. But it was hometown and a good friend was chairing it. So I just donated and stopped by to see.....

...and this year I am a team leader! It was a wonderful event! First- it is a great thing for kids. Yes- there were some very emotional moments- lighting of luminaria in honor/memory, speeches, survivors opening lap. Those moments are real tear jerkers. But there is such joy! And hope! And fellowship!

You get tents and teams gather in groups inside the high school track. They decorate in themes. Signs are up for each group- lawn chairs everywhere! Tents are lighted and you can sleep when you want. You get at least 10 to a team and in our case they are asking $100 raised each- $1000 per team- but it really does not matter. Do what you can! There are themed laps- one in pajamas! Rock music- DJ's - comedians- whatever they can throw together. The kids involved had a ball! Hotdogs and soda and a lot of talking.

You try to keep one team member on the track at all times- so you take turns. Walk, plod, run, whatever! I like that it raises money for ALL cancer- and since the start of my BC journey I have met so many with other cancers I wanted to honor- so this is important to me in that way.

We had a kick off meeting last night in fact- I found it hard to go- to take that initial step. I was nervous and had to collect myself in the car- then I went in- and had a great evening with some wonderful people who are all in this together.

The first year my town raised $32,000! First time out! Amazing! Goal is higher this year at $60,000. I think they will better that. Groups from town join up and get publicity- for example the local gym, the karate studio, the churches. It's great- I say check it out!

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