During Relay For Life events, participants camp out overnight at a local school, park, or fairground, and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.
"Because cancer never sleeps, Relay events take place overnight, lasting up to 24 hours in length," explained Patty Green, spokesperson for the event.
"One of the most touching moments during a Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony which takes place after sundown, honoring the community's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer," said Green.
"Funds raised at Relay For Life of South Lake help the American Cancer Society get even closer to bringing an end to cancer as we know it," she added.
To learn more about Relay For Life, call 800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org.
"The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community," Green continued.
"As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates."
"Thanks to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year."
"We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more," added Green
"For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org."