Relay for Life ‘Heroes of Hope’ to walk for 21st year
— “Heroes of Hope” will gather for the 21st annual Dorchester County Relay for Life on Friday, May 19, in the parking lot of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.
The opening ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m., with the survivor and caregiver laps immediately following. At 7 p.m., the “Heroes of Hope” lap will take place, giving participants an opportunity to dress up as their favorite hero.
The Luminaria Ceremony will begin around 8:15 p.m., remembering those who have lost their battle against cancer, honoring those who fought cancer in the past, and supporting those who fight cancer today.
Candles are lit inside personalized bags, which can be purchased with a $5 donation, and placed around the track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer, and will shine throughout the night. Bagpiper Randy Welch will lead this lap.
“Dorchester’s Relay For Life has raised millions in the fight against cancer and that fight is not yet over,” said Dawn Cook, chairperson of Relay For Life. “The funds raised truly make a difference — just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year.”
Cook said funds are used for such programs as Road to Recovery.
At the 2016 event, the organization’s fundraising goal of $90,000 was exceeded by $4,500 before the walk even began. Total funds raised amounted to $113,000. Since the Dorchester chapter’s inception in 1997, they have raised more than $2 million to fund the fight against cancer through research, treatment, and guidelines for cancer screening tests.
“Cancer patients frequently cite transportation to and from treatment as one of their most critical needs,” she said. “The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program matches cancer patients with specially trained volunteer drivers to fill this need.”
Cancer survivors, caregivers, and members of the community are all invited to the event, where Relay teams will be walking a designated path to emphasize the importance of the fight against this disease.
This symbolism, and the Relay For Life campaign, began in May 1985, when Dr. Gordon Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington to raise money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: cancer.
Survivor registration will begin at 4 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, with a reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Relay For Life also recognizes and celebrates caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.
Scheduled entertainment includes DJ Whisper, local rock band Attica Fix, and music by Paul Harrison, plus food by Two Chicks Catering. More fun laps and games will continue until midnight. There will also be a silent auction at the site.
Cancer survivors should contact Chris Foxwell to register at 443-521-4517. Anyone wishing to purchase a luminaria should call Vickie Bramble at 410-228-6302. For information on Relay for Life and the special laps, call Dawn Cook at 410-251-2758. Visit the website at www.relayforlife.org/dorchestermd.
Team and committee members of the Dorchester Relay For Life gather at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School to promote the annual event which will be held at the school parking lot on Friday, May 19.
The survivors group at last year’s Relay for Life walk event, decked out in purple shirts, took the first lap around the track.