Get your team together now.
Come to the party! Share in the laughter! Get a little crazy! Join in the fun! Teams from all over Cleburne County will be gathering, decorating their campsites, waving banners, marching ‘round the park, and having a whole lot of fun while competing to see who can raise the most money in the fight against cancer!
The Relay For Life of Cleburne County will begin Friday, September 18, at 6 p.m., in Spring Park, Heber Springs and end at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a team-organized event to raise funds to fight cancer and increase awareness of cancer within the community. It is a celebration of life honoring cancer survivors! It is a way to remember those who have lost their battle to the disease!
Why a 12-hour walk? The Relay for Life was originally created in 1985 as an overnight event to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps. A cancer patient endures months and sometimes years of treatment and life changing issues. Staying overnight at Relay for Life is one small way that we symbolize and support the struggles of cancer patients and their families. Spending the night to battle cancer is a badge of honor Relay for Life participants proudly wear.
During the 12-hour Relay, participants camp out, enjoy entertainment, food, games and camaraderie, and create a community party atmosphere. Teams of people from corporations, hospitals, civic groups and families take turns in the Relay. At least one team member walks or runs around the track at all times, usually in a 30-minute shift. Teams pledge to have one member on the track at all times. Team members are encouraged to raise money before the Relay for their team, and team fund-raising will be ongoing during the Relay.
The Relay honors cancer survivors! An hour before the Relay begins, a reception will be held to honor cancer survivors. The Relay officially begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a walk around the park by all cancer survivors. Participating team members line the walkway to cheer the survivors as they pass by. If you are a cancer survivor and wish to attend the Reception before Relay, contact Brenda Hill at 501-250-4444.
A Time of Remembrance! At 10 p.m., the lights are extinguished and all becomes quiet, as lit luminaries line the walkway and names of cancer survivors and those who have lost the battle are solemnly read. At the conclusion of the Luminaria Ceremony, team walkers continue around the track throughout the evening and early morning hours. At 6 a.m., Saturday, the Relay concludes.
Form a team! It's not too late! If you wish to organize a Relay team or if you have any other questions concerning the Relay, contact Laurie York at 501-362-4704 or 870-668-0312.
Cancer touches everyone in some way. This is an important opportunity for the entire community to get involved. Today, more than one out of two patients diagnosed with cancer survives. That is tremendous progress, and this event proclaims that CANCER CAN AND WILL BE BEATEN!