Western Hanover Relay sets date for 2014 event

Exciting changes are coming to the 2014 Western Hanover Relay For Life. The community’s 17th annual event, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the grounds of Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell.

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out 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.

Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Friends, families, coworkers, church groups, classmates, or any other group can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay. The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 commitment fee that is due upon registration. After that, anything raised through individual, team, or online fundraising is graciously accepted. Relay recommends each participant set a personal goal to raise at least $100, but participation is welcomed no matter the funds raised. To be part of Relay, you can start a team or join an existing team. You can also make an online donation.

Relay For Life ceremony opens as cancer survivors walk or wheelchair the survivor lap (golf carts are also provided). This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other, eating, playing games, and, of course, walking for a great cause.

Highlighting the evening is the Luminary Ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The luminaries line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

“Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser,” said Arlene Hayes, the 2014 event chair. “Many of the participants will be people who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in reducing cancer death rates and in the quality of life following cancer treatment.”

The next team captain meeting for the 2014 Relay For Life is scheduled for Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at Independence Christian Church, 14023 Independence Road, Ashland. Anyone interested in forming a new or returning team or participating in the event planning is encouraged to attend the meeting. Additional information about how to form a team or become involved in the Relay For Life planning committee is available by emailing Arlene Hayes at arehaze@aol.com, calling Amy Swartz of The American Cancer Society at (804) 527-3777, or by visiting www.RelayForLife.org/hanover.

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:05 am