Families and Friends of Safety Harbor Fight Cancer Through Relay for Life
SAFETY HARBOR - Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Safety Harbor gets underway with teams gathering at Safety Harbor City Park on Friday, May 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m. through closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 am. The moving Luminaria Ceremony honoring the community's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease is at 9:15 p.m., and a Kid's Walk is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
The event is open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend. Relay for Life events is an overnight event, with teams camping out at Safety Harbor City Park (940 7th St. S.,) with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but many will hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the event.
Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, and people from all walks of life, all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. "Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we've lost, and fight back against the disease," said Lynn Webb, Relay for Life Community Representative. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."
Funds raised at Relay for Life of Safety Harbor help the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community. The American Cancer Society invests more than $120 million in cancer research funding each year, and more than $15 million goes to researchers in Florida. Florida leads the nation in reaching newly diagnosed patients, and the state's advocacy program has ensured smoke-free workplaces, restored funding for youth tobacco prevention programs and increased the state's tobacco tax by $1 per pack.
For more information or to donate, visit www.relayforlife.org/safetyharborfl.
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