West Allis / New Berlin Relay For Life Starting July 16

Sullivan, The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Allis / New Berlin, Survivor Lap, Luminaria Ceremony

I want to make sure all of you know about The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Allis / New Berlin. It’s taking place at the Nathan Hale High School in West Allis from July 16 to July 17.

Organizers tell me they are still looking for volunteers and participants (teams or individuals) for this event, which is special for a number of reasons: 1) The money you raise helps support American Cancer Society research, education, and patient service efforts; and 2) it’s a chance for all of us to honor cancer survivors in our community and cheer them on as they keep up the fight.  

The event kicks off with a Survivor Lap, where cancer survivors from throughout the area take a victory lap. At the end of the evening on Friday, participants have a chance to honor those who have been affected by cancer with a special Luminaria Ceremony. Organizer Lindsay Mahn described it as “candlelight tribute.”

“Luminarias are purchased in honor of those who have survived their battle with cancer, those still fighting, and in memory of those who have courageously battled this disease, but lost. The luminarias are kept burning throughout the night representing the healing power of community and the importance of funding to find a cure,” said Mahn. 

Mahn and her team from Relay For Life stay in touch with cancer survivors from throughout the community, but they could still use your help. If you know of a cancer survivor, or your life has been touched by this devastating disease, Relay For Life wants to hear from you. You can visit www.relayforlife.org/westallisnewberlinwi or email Mahn at lindsey.mahn@cancer.org. You can also call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-947-0487.

The Schedule of Events for this two-day event can be found below.

2010 Schedule of Events

Friday, July 16

3:00 p.m.          Campsite Set Up

4:00 p.m.          Registration Begins

5:00 p.m.          Luminaria and Raffle tickets available

6:00 p.m.          Food Available

6:00 p.m.          CELEBRATE – Opening Ceremony

6:15 p.m.          Survivor/Caregiver Lap

6:30 p.m.          Music by Sub Sonic DJ Systems

6:30 p.m.          Dancing Grannies

6:30 p.m.          Chair Massages

7:00 p.m.          Locomotion Lap (make a train)

7:15 p.m.          Blood Pressure Checks by ANS Home Health Care

8:00 p.m.          Pie Eating Contest

8:00 p.m.          Patriotic Lap (wear Red, White & Blue)

9:00 p.m.          Raffle Closes

10:00 p.m.        REMEMBER – Luminaria Ceremony

11:30 p.m.        Quiet Time Begins

12:00 p.m.        Halloween Costume Lap

Saturday, July 17

6:00 a.m.          Breakfast Available (Last chance to turn in donations for team totals)

8:00a.m.           FIGHT BACK – Closing Ceremony

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