By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012
Cancer survivors are honored each year as they take the official “victory lap” to kick off Relay For Life
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature event. The event is characterized by entire communities taking up the fight against cancer. Symbolizing the fact that cancer survivors must “walk the track” for a lifetime, Relay For Life of Broken Arrow is a 12-hour team event held annually at the South Intermediate High School track and field. Relay consists of teams of people participating in a celebration of cancer survivors, cancer awareness, entertainment, camping out, and raising money to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life of Broken Arrow is scheduled for June 1-2, 2012.
Maybe you’re interested in forming or sponsoring a team at Relay For Life. Teams consist of friends, family members, church groups, and businesses that are encouraged to raise money to fund the American Cancer Society’s ambitious effort to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Form a team and get involved. It’s a wonderful company or group activity. You may register a team online at relayforlife.org/brokenarrowok.
Luminarias are glowing paper bags that encircle the track the night of Relay. At first glance, each appears to be nothing but a paper sack filled with sand and a candle. But upon closer examination, you will see that each luminaria represents a person, each with a name and a personal story. Each glowing bag represents our shared vision for a future in which cancer no longer threatens the people we love. When the sun goes down, hundreds of luminarias light the way under the stars, reminding us to carry on by remembering and honoring those we love who have been affected by cancer. Anyone may purchase a luminaria for $5 each.
Survivors are the reason for Relay For Life. We honor them at every Relay event across the country. They are VIPs at Broken Arrow’s life-changing event, and we honor them with a special dinner and recognition as they walk the opening lap kicking off each yearly Relay event. Survivors help remind us that cancer can be conquered, and they give us hope for finding a cure.
Relay For Life provides unique sponsorship opportunities for national, global, and local organizations. The event attracts a heavy concentration of employee groups and their families, strongly committed to the community and to fighting the nation’s number one health concern. Relay For Life sponsorships provide unique and local marketing opportunities to reach these working adults and families. Your association with the American Cancer Society, the largest voluntary health organization in the world, promises to enhance your company’s or organization’s image as a caring member of our community.
There are lots of fun activities for the entire family at Relay. And everyone enjoys the silent and live auctions the evening of Relay For Life. Bring your family and celebrate life with others in our community.
Your 2012 Relay For Life committee chairperson is Blair Lemon. Blair encourages you to get involved. Join your friends and co-workers in Broken Arrow as together we celebrate, remember, and fight back in the battle against cancer. See you at Relay!
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.