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Relay kicks off

Dear Editor:

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life kick-off event will be on April 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church in Carbondale. Although Relay isn’t held until overnight on Aug. 7, teams are forming now. Kick-off is a good time to learn more about Relay and to get involved in the fight against cancer. This year the theme is “Tails of a Cure.” There will be food, door prizes and lots of information. If you can’t come to Kick-off, but want more information, you can visit or call Linda Hoffman at 963-0601.

Each August the Carbondale Middle School track becomes a camping site for teams participating in the Roaring Fork Valley Relay for Life. Relay is an international event that raises funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and services for patients and their families. There is music, games, food and lots of camaraderie and silly competitions.

Relay for Life is an overnight event consisting of teams of eight to 15 people spending the night walking or running around the track. The teams raise money throughout the year prior to the event and then come together the night of Relay to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.

Two highlights of Relay are the survivor reception and the Luminaria ceremony, each acknowledging those who have been touched by cancer. Survivors are honored and celebrated, first with a reception and then an opening survivors’ lap around the track. Luminaria are lighted votive candles in paper bags that are purchased both before and during the Relay. The lighted Luminaria bags are placed around the track in memory of or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer.

Please put April 16 and Aug. 7 on your calendar as the nights you will set aside to do your part in the fight against cancer. It will be a night you will remember.

Betty Bradley


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