Teams of Kansas City residents will gather at Piper High School on Friday, June 7, for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising event.
The Relay For Life Committee is now recruiting teams and participants for their event, hoping to recruit at least 30 teams to join the fight against cancer.
Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has even been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer.
The Relay For Life event begins with a cancer survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling the disease. Games, music, and kid-friendly activities encourage people all through the night. Some teams will also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the relay.
Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased by visiting RelayForLife.org/KCKS.
Also a part of Kansas City’s Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back Ceremony” in which a community leader will inspire relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (for example, stop smoking, eat more healthy, exercise regularly) in fighting back.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of this 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society.
For more information on the Relay For Life of Kansas City, Kan., contact Amie Walter at 816.218.7151 or Amie.Walter@cancer.org. To register a team, visit RelayForLife.org/KCKS.