Coordinators for the annual Relay For Life Survivors and Caregivers dinner have been busy planning this year’s event. While the event is special here in Lynchburg, it’s not unique unto itself. Relay For Life chapters from Texas to Wisconsin usually kick off their “relay” season with the annual dinner.
The event, sponsored by Lynchburg Production Office this year, is an open invitation to all cancer survivors and caregivers from Moore County and surrounding areas. While the dinner has typically been held in May, this year’s dinner is scheduled for April 11 at 6 p.m. at the LES cafeteria.
The dinner provides a unique opportunity for both survivors and their caregivers. While many people will participate in the different Relay For Life events throughout the area, the dinner allows survivors to connect on a more personal level.
The dinner also focuses on caregivers, the people — whether family, friends and even strangers — who rally around to be whatever help they can.
Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. Now, Relay For Life will take place in more than 5,000 communities. And each year, more than 4 million people in 20-plus countries take part in what has become a global phenomenon to help raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents hope for those who have lost loved ones to cancer. It’s also an opportunity to acknowledge victims of the deadly disease.
One of the ultimate goals of the cancer society is to eliminate cancer as a health problem by saving lives and preventing cancer through research, education and awareness.
ACS Relay For Life provides the community with an opportunity to commemorate the lives of those who have lost the fight to cancer, but they also ensure that the dinner does not have a melancholic atmosphere rather a celebratory one for survivors of cancer.
If anyone knows of someone who should be added to the local survivors list, call (931) 759-5655. Anyone who is a cancer survivor or caregiver who would like to attend the dinner should call the number as well.