Relay for Life is about honoring cancer survivors |

Relay for Life is about honoring cancer survivors

Whether it is a friend, family member, neighbor, or our own personal experience, we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Grand County Relay for Life is about honoring, remembering, and supporting local victims, survivors, and their caregivers.

During our first three years of this event, we’ve raised enough money to provide wigs, gas cards, hotel vouchers, and much needed cancer patient related information to locals needing assistance. We can now also offer “Look Good, Feel Better,” a free program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients who are in treatment and “Road to Recovery,” which provides free transportation to and from treatment. But we want and need to do more.

I hope that everyone in our community who has been affected by cancer will mark his/her calendar to join me at some point during this year’s overnight event on Aug. 7-8 at the Middle Park High School track (because “cancer never sleeps.”) Participants are not required to be at Relay for any set amount of time although, throughout the night, there will be lots of free entertainment, food, and fun.

Participants can walk one lap or 20 … set up a chair, tent or bring a camper … or just stop by to see what the event is all about. The very best time to stop by the event – to me, the moving part of the event – is at sunset when we light luminarias around the track to honor and remember loved ones. You will see on our website that luminarias can be purchased and personalized in whatever way is most meaningful to family/friends.

Relay is a night full of fun, hope, and remembrance. “In our lifetime, we will see a cure for cancer. Not because we wished for it, but because we worked for it.”

Sybil Miller

Relay for Life of Grand County