Survivors Inspire Relay For Life Success

Survivor Lap at Relay For Life

A Ridgefield, CT, survivor joined Relay for “a number of reasons – all have names,” she said. “Then, five years ago, I heard those words, ‘You have cancer.’  Thanks to research and new protocols, I am a survivor.  Two years ago, I heard the words, ‘Your cancer has returned.’ But again, I survived and will continue to fight to see many more birthdays and those of my beautiful daughter and husband.  At Relay you are surrounded by those who understand, care, and have walked in your shoes and by your side.”

Throughout New England, thousands of people will gather at their local American Cancer Society Relay For Life to find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. If you haven’t been to a Relay lately, we invite you to join us again this year. 

Relay starts with a Survivors Lap - an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together. Caregivers join them on the second lap.  After dark, luminarias, each  bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, light the way for walkers, as they walk a lap in silence.

A Relay participant from Maine looked forward to her Relay as a celebration of being one year cancer free. “Last year I managed to slowly hobble around the Relay, linked arm-in-arm with my mother because I couldn't make it on my own. This year, I'll still walk arm-in-arm with her, because without her, I couldn't have made it.  I may not be any faster, but the point is that I'm here. So many others cannot be. That's why I participate in Relay."

Relay’s emotional impact on people is enormous, and just as important is the impact donations raised by Relay have on the American Cancer Society’s ability to fund research, education, and programs and services.  We are so grateful for the thousands of New Englanders who participate in Relay, some of them coming back year after year after year.  We salute the purple passion of our 2012 New England Relay Award winners and we look forward to seeing them again this year. 

Every Relay participant has a story to tell. Click here to read more stories of hope.