The fight against cancer continues this Friday, June 3rd from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Columbus Fireman’s Park Pavilion. The event will be called the American Cancer Society’s Columbus Fall River Relay For Life.
There will be many activities for the participants, such as carriage rides, a bouncy house, bingo, food, and music. Anyone can attend the event regardless of age and without registration.
Joey Willborn, committee member of Columbus Fall River Relay For Life, confessed that cancer has always affected her family. Furthermore, her mother died of cancer more than 40 years ago. That is why, she is devoted to this cause, and fights to raise funds by participating in the Relay. Plus, this event is an opportunity to remember those who lost the battle with cancer and to celebrate survivors.
The evening program will include a ceremony at 6 p.m., a group walk at 8 p.m. and a luminaria ceremony at 9:30 p.m. A luminaria is a white decorated bag which is a way of honoring those fighting cancer, the ones who lost the battle and also the survivors who pulled through.
Inside the luminaria, there is a candle that will be lit Friday, during the Relay For Life event. Together with hundreds of luminaria, the names of those honored and remembered will be read aloud near the end of the evening, during a special ceremony.
According to Willborn, this way they will never forget the ones they lost. Luminaria forms are available right now at the Columbus Area Senior Center and Sharrows Downtown, Julie’s Java House, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank, and Columbus Community Hospital.
All the money collected from funds and Luminaria sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society to support the work of researchers, Reach to Recovery, advocacy, Look Good…Feel Better, Road to Recovery and Hope Lodge.
People may already start to donate even if the Relay has not started yet. Concerning the family event, registration is not needed. Hopefully, new records will be registered this year, and many participants will attend the event.
The fight against cancer must continue not only to find a cure but to inspire and support the concept of solidarity among people which is a vital part of every Relay For Life event.
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