RFL of Acadia set for Saturday

Sleeping bags and water have been packed, funds have been raised and an amazing ceremony has been planned. Relay for Life of Acadia Parish 2013 is set to be another in a long line of moving and great nights honoring those afflicted with cancer.

Set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Crowley High, Relay for Life of Acadia Parish 2013 is less than a week away, meaning teams and committee members alike are finalizing plans to ensure a fun and moving event.

Everyone is invited to attend and the community is urged to be a part of the special annual event.

If you are planning to attend the Relay, however, don’t forget to bring energy and spending money, as teams will have food and other items for sale.

Last year’s event marked the return of Relay for Life of Acadia Parish to Crowley and the new energy helped the event see great success.

So much enthusiasm was on hand last year that for the first time in several years, Relay for Life of Acadia Parish made it to the closing ceremonies, a feat that those on hand were quite proud of.

Last year, Relay for Life of Acadia Parish exceeded its goals and expectations, raising $36,000 for the American Cancer Society.

And with the American Cancer Society recognizing its 100th anniversary this year, the time has never been more perfect to make the push for a great Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who are battling cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated. It is a fun, overnight team event and raises much needed funds to fight cancer.

During Relay for Life, teams of friends, neighbors, families and coworkers commit to keeping at least one member walking the track at all times, because cancer never sleeps and neither do the teams at Relay for Life.

The funds raised before and at the event support American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

At the event, ceremonies will celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease and fight back for all those touched by cancer in some way.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. as survivors are honored. They open the Relay event with a survivors’ victory lap around the track.

As the sun sets, the focus turns to luminaria candles and torches that line the track and the sky lanterns that will be released during the Luminaria Ceremony of Hope.

For many involved with Relay for Life, that ceremony holds the most emotion and is the most special.

A moment of silence falls in the dark sky and everyone pays tribute to those who have been affected by cancer. Luminaria are bought in honor of survivors and caregivers as well as those who have been lost to cancer.

Luminaria bags will be available for purchase the night of Relay for Life of Acadia Parish, but can also be purchased, as can the lanterns, ahead of time from any Relay for Life of Acadia Parish team member.

The event will also feature entertainment, graciously donated by many, throughout the night and into the early hours of the next morning.

As fighting cancer is a team effort, so too is Relay for Life, and for many involved, Saturday will be not only the culmination of a lot of hard work, but also just another step in the right direction of the battle to end cancer.

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