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VERO BEACH -- Last year, the Relay for Life of the Beaches celebrated with more than 90 cancer survivors at its seventh annual event.
The American Cancer Society is celebrating 100 years in 2013 and the committee's goal is to honor 100 or more cancer survivors at this year's Relay.
To achieve this goal, the planning committee is extending an invitation to all cancer survivors to come to Relay for Life of the Beaches and participate in the survivor activities.
The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Riverside Park. Immediately after the opening ceremony, cancer survivors will be recognized and honored as they take to the track for a survivor lap. Following the lap is a survivor dinner at 6:45 p.m. at the park. Survivors will be honored with a catered meal, specially designed T-shirt, survivor pin, goodie bag and more, all for free.
As the sun sets, luminaria bags, decorated in memory of loved ones who lost their fight with cancer line the track and light up the night. Relay for Life participants, survivors, supporters, and caregivers then gather to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those whose fight continues. Guest speakers, performances, and fun-filled activities will be abundant throughout the night and until the early morning hours.
The all-night event is focused around family activities and many things are planned for youth and adults alike. There will be a variety of great food booths and participating teams will be fundraising with various activities and games including raffles.
Relay for Life is a great way for people to meet other cancer survivors in their own community. In many communities, survivors form their own teams or join existing teams. They also frequently volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Cancer survivors are invited to sign up now at www.relayforlife.org/beachesfl or calling Theresa Woodson at (772) 562-2272- Ext. 2403.