West Hartford American Cancer Society Relay For Life Event Information

We received this press release today from the American Cancer Society:
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Hartford - Friday, June 26 - Saturday June 27 Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. Calling the greater West Hartford community…The Relay For Life®, a celebration of life, and cancer survivorship, is a team event; no athletic ability required. Team members take turns walking, jogging or running around the track. The 2009 Relay takes place at Northwest Catholic High School from 4 P.M. on Friday, June 26 to 10 A.M. on Saturday, June 27. In the event of rain, all activities will be indoors. Relay continues overnight because cancer never sleeps; someone who has cancer deals with it 24 hours a day. Relayers do not need to stay overnight to participate. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event. It brings together more than 3.5 million people across the country each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, and cancer remains the leading cause of death in Americans under age 85. Relay raises awareness about cancer, and raises funds to support the research, education, advocacy, and patient services vital to the American Cancer Society’s mission to help people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer. Relay is the signature event of the American Cancer Society; of every dollar raised, 86 cents supports the ACS’s mission. Relay participants begin arriving at 4 P.M. to set up and decorate their site and tents. Fun entertainment and activities for all age groups take place throughout the event. From 4 – 6 P.M., Kids’ Care activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and kids’ yoga. Teen activities will include Wii Guitar Hero. At midnight, movies are an option. At 6 P.M., the Opening Ceremony will feature greetings from Dr. Andrew Salner and Senator Jonathan Harris. Latanya Farrell will perform on the main stage during the kick off lap for survivors and their caregivers. The. Survivor and Caregiver Celebration honors anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, and those who support them in their journey. After the honorees complete their first lap around the track, everyone joins in. Following the Celebration, the Survivor Reception and Dinner for the participants, provided by J Restaurant, will feature Atla Conlon, Jazz Vocalist and Matt DeChamplain, Jazz Pianist. Survivors are invited to visit the Survivor Tiki Lounge during the Relay. This special tent will be the site of activities, refreshments, and give-aways specifically for cancer survivors. From 6:30 P.M. California Pizza Kitchen, Grants, and Wood-n-Tap of Hartford will provide dinner. Some teams will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and various drinks. Team members should bring their choice of sides, snacks, and drinks. An MDC Water Wagon will be on the premises until 10 P.M., so please bring a reusable water bottle! An 11 P.M. pizza party provided by Harry's Bishop’s Corner, and breakfast provided by Russell's Creative Cuisine and Trader Joe's will further satisfy Relayers’ hunger. From 4 P.M. to 10 P.M., Powerstation will provide musical entertainment. The Conard Jazz Ensemble will play from 4 – 5 P.M., and Eminent Domain from 5 – 6 P.M. Acoustic guitarist and vocalist Cameron Walker will perform from 7 – 8 P.M. Free information on American Cancer Society programs and advocacy opportunities is available. Come to the Mission and Advocacy Table and create your one “Shell Promise”. At 8 P.M. the Fight Back ceremony will begin. This ceremony gives participants a chance to pledge a promise to fight back against cancer throughout the year. This is a powerful moment at Relay For Life. The beautiful and moving Luminaria Ceremony begins after nightfall, around 9:00 P.M. Relayers walk around the track, which is lined with hundreds of candle-lit bags bearing the names of loved ones lost to cancer, and honoring cancer survivors. The luminaria are left burning throughout the night. During the Luminaria Ceremony, a cancer survivor will speak about battling cancer, and how Relay For Life has touched the entire family. Singer and songwriter Chip Ames will perform a song he composed especially for the Relay For Life of West Hartford's Luminaria ceremony. A Saturday morning highlight will feature members of the West Hartford Fire Department arriving on a fire truck. Relayers of all ages will have the opportunity to climb onto the truck, sit down, and check out the inside. At 9:30 A.M, the Closing Ceremony, a Celebration of Hope, will end the inspiring Relay For Life. Join the fun, and at the same time, do something good for others while doing something good for yourself! Plan to walk or run. Go online and sign up to join a team, start a team, donate, and purchase luminaria. Questions? Call Morgan Greenleaf at (203) 379-4782. You can also register on the day of the Relay. Come for the full overnight experience, or join in when you can. Be a part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first Relay, and the 10th West Hartford Relay For Life. For more information, go to http://www.rflwesthartford.com