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Relay For Life Celebrates Survivors, Honors Those Lost

AHWAHNEE – The Eastern Madera County (EMC) Relay For Life is this Saturday, May 18, starting at 9 a.m. The Relay will unfold over 24 heartfelt hours, on the field at Wasuma Elementary School.

This is the 14th year of EMC Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.This 24-hour event is dedicated to celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those lost to the disease, and fighting back by raising money for research and cures. Last year, EMC Relay raised nearly $63,000 for the cause.

Opening Ceremony: 9:00am

The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

Survivors Lap: 9:30am

During the Survivors Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Festivities continue throughout the day, with entertainment, fellowship, free snacks and drinks available for participants, and a host of sponsors and vendors lining up to fight the battle against cancer and support its survivors. EMC Relay for Life is an overwhelmingly positive, often emotional experience.

Luminaria Ceremony: 8:00pm

The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Fight Back: 8:00am

The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to the fight against cancer. The action we take represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

Closing Ceremony: 9:00am

The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

Organizers remind everyone, “No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at a Relay For Life event. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?

“Your reason for participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. If you’ve been affected by cancer in any way, being part of the Relay event empowers you to make a difference and fight back. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease, and raise funds and awareness to help end cancer forever.

“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event is a celebration of survivorship an occasion to express hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.”

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For more information please contact EMC Relay for Life Chairperson Nicole Meeker at 559 760-4020.

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