Relay for Life this weekend

The American Cancer Society and the Douglas community will be hosting the 25th annual Heritage Relay for Life this coming weekend.

All festivities will be held at the Copper Ling baseball stadium. Survivor check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m. with the traditional survivor lap. Coach Hunter Long and the Douglas High School Bulldog football team will be on hand to greet and cheer on survivors and caregivers.

A Show and Shine car show will be held in the parking lot. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle. Top three winners will be by People’s $1 vote.

A variety of activities as well as local entertainment will be held throughout the day and night.

BB Danceur Academy is scheduled to perform at 11 a.m. Local band JJ y Su Grupo Intimidantes will take the stage at 4 p.m. followed by a performance by the Hubert Middle School Folklorico under the direction of Ms. Gemma German.

The Luminaria Ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. Luminaria sales will end at 7 p.m.

It is not too late to sign up as a survivor or create a team. On-line registration is available by going to www.relayforlife.org/douglasaz.

Title Sponsors for the event are the Douglas Unified School District #27 and DJ Legacy.

Also sponsoring are: Wal-Mart Super Center #1846, Ana Louisa & Joe, Las Dos Comadres, Partykings Rentals, Roberto & Conception Munoz, American Legion Post #11, Border Mart, Byrd’s Sheet Metal & Construction, Dairy Queen of Southern Arizona, El Burron El Chef, Gloria Garcia-Mariscal, MD, PC, Maddux & Sons, Inc., Southern Arizona Disability Advocates SADA.

Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event to save lives from cancer, also unites more than 6,000 communities across the globe to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and take action.

Relay came to Douglas in 1994 with members of the medical community spearheading the event. Bisbee and Douglas residents camped out at the Armando de Lucas stadium for 24 hours taking turns walking or running around the track to raise funds for ACS.

As our event approaches, we ask you to remember what brought you to relay in the first place? Was it your family, work, church or school club?

Event leadership members fondly recall Relay memories. One person remembers being a 3rd grade religious education student with his instructor, Chuck Hoyack. After one year he was committed to fighting for a cure. That was 17 years ago. Another was ready to retire from relay, when he heard a 14 year old survivor speak at a closing ceremony. That convinced him to continue volunteering. A third remembers the lights slowly coming back on after a luminaria ceremony and her late brother-in-law, Chuck looking around and said “we are doing this next year.” That was 23 years ago.

Often we hear people say they do not have time to Relay. Did the 6-week-old diagnosed with leukemia have time? The 4-year-old battling brain cancer? The teenager with Non-Hodgkin’s? The single mother with breast cancer? Parents, grandparents, siblings or spouses? No they did not. Cancer is not something they planned for but rather something that made them find time to fight.

Every one of us has been touched by cancer in some way. Friends, relatives, caregivers, and survivors – we all bring a special passion to our mission to end this disease. Relay is one of the many ways we as a community can recognize their struggles while working to find a cure.

A local cancer survivor stated the reason for continuing to Relay is the hope received from fellow survivors, caregivers and participants.

A cure takes more than medicine. Monies raised goes towards research, education, advocacy and patient services. Watching survivors take that first lap, you see the impact of your donations coming back to our community.

The community is invited to join this phenomenal event. Let’s show everyone that together, we are stronger than cancer!

For more information, please call (520) 366-2849 or (520) 227-7125.

To register, please go to www.relayforlife.org/douglasaz.

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