Re­lay for Life ‘He­roes of Hope’ to walk for 21st year

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL -

— “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 Re­cover y.

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 sur vivors 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.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Beyond fundrais­ing, Dorch­ester Re­lay is about hav­ing fun and unit­ing with others who have been af­fected by cancer.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

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