Race for Relay

Relay for Life committee prepares for big event


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LIGHT THE CANDLES. At a certain hour, committee members will light the special Luminaria candles to honor those who are fighting or have passed away from cancer. During this time, relay participants will either walk in an hour of silence or sit next to a Luminaria that has a loved one’s name on it. Soft music will be played in the background as two speakers will read the names that are on the Luminarias.

On Feb 13, the Montgomery area Relay For Life (RFL) committee met and hosted a team captain meeting.

“As a member of the RFL committee, it’s a big responsibility, and we really have to make the most of our time to make sure the event in April is perfect,” said Colin Walker, 11.

What is Relay For Life?

RFL is essentially a fundraiser where teams, each composed of at least eight people, try to raise as much money as possible before the event date.

The raised money will go towards the American Cancer Society, an organization that uses donations for cancer research, patient-care services, prevention and education initiatives, detection and treatment, and much more.

This year, RFL will be on Apr. 21 and 22 on SHS’ track. The theme will be birthdays, signifying that as society’s fight against cancer progresses, more birthdays will be saved.

In terms of the event’s activities, not only will there be the classic games like dodge ball and the mile run, there will also be new birthday-themed activities such as a cupcake eating contest and a photo booth.

“The Luminaria ceremony is my favorite because it’s a great time for people to come together and remember those who we have lost,” said Luke Eckenrod, 11.

Additionally, cancer survivors are invited to an event for a free dinner and some fun with the participants.

The goal is to raise $100,000. Since last year, teams are now open to have members from different schools. The Montgomery area RFL event usually includes SHS, St. Ursuline, St. Xavier High School, and Moeller.

“Relay for Life is extremely important to me. Three of my grandparents have died from cancer. I relay to honor their memory,” said Grace Creek, 11.