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Saturday, April 9
Starts at 2:00 PM on Sat., April 9
Runs through 8:00 PM Sun., April 10
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What is Relay For Life?
In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked
and ran for 24 hours around a track
in Tacoma, Wash., ultimately raising
$27,000 to help the American Cancer
Society fight the nation’s biggest health
concern: cancer. A year later, 340 sup-
porters joined the overnight event. Since
those first steps, the RFL movement has
grown into a worldwide phenomenon.
The American Cancer Society Relay
For Life is a life-changing event that
gives everyone in select communities
across the globe a chance to celebrate
the lives of people who have battled
cancer, remember loved ones lost, and
fight back against the disease.
Why do we relay?
Relay For Life — less a race and
more a block-party-style event — an -
nually brings together people of all ages
and serves the Lake Nona, Vista Lakes,
Boggy Creek and Wyndham Lakes com-
munities. Relay For Life is an organized
community walk where teams of people
come together and camp out around the
track, taking turns walking around the
track to show their support for those
touched by cancer. Survivors and car-
egivers are our important guests and
are celebrated with an Opening Lap and
Special Luncheon. After dusk, there is a
very memorable Luminaria Ceremony
where luminaria line the track in hon-
or or in memory of friends and loved
ones who have fought cancer. Despite
the seriousness of the cause — raising
money for the American Cancer Society
Relay For Life is an upbeat, carnival-
Showcase, Relay’s Got Talent, bands, and
a variety of local talent on display pro-
viding entertainment and camaraderie
for the entire community! With your
help, we aren’t just fighting one type of
cancer – we’re fighting for every birth-
day threatened by every cancer in every
community across the world.
The Luminaria Ceremony Lisa men-
tions may be the most emotional part of
this event. During the day, you purchase
a luminaria (paper lantern) for a dona-
tion to ACS. You can decorate and dedi-
cate your luminaria in honor or memory
of a loved one. At night, they line the
track with all the paper lanterns. It is
quite a sight to see. It represents a whole
community of people coming together
for one cause that unfortunately affects
more people than we would like to admit.
Who, if anyone, is the honoree?
The honorees at Relay For Life are
our survivors. A survivor is anyone who
has ever heard the words, “You have
cancer.” We invite all cancer survivors in
the community to attend Relay For Life
because they are the reason we relay.
We invite survivors to register on our
website (free of charge) or come early at
1:15 PM to register as a survivor. There
will be a Survivor Ceremony Special Lap
(we have a golf cart to ride people un-
able to walk) and a luncheon in their
honor where you may bring one guest!
There were over 60 survivors who
attended Lake Nona’s Relay For Life
event last year! We know there are
to have them
join us this
to host this
over 22 volunteer-driven Relay For Life
events in the Greater Orlando Central
Florida area. The Lake Nona commu-
nity has grown and flourished over
the past several years, and the Ameri-
can Cancer Society has recognized this
growth and given Lake Nona a relay to
build and make unique to our commu-
nity’s needs. This is an important year
for us - it is Lake Nona’s opportunity to
champion those of all ages within our
community. For that, we need YOU!
How may the community get
We invite everyone to stop by any
time during our 18-hour relay to show
your community support. There will
be food, fun, and games for the entire
family! Without your support, whether
volunteering, through sponsorship,
forming or joining a team, or as a resi-
dent dropping by to have a fun-filled
afternoon, WE NEED YOU! Please con-
How can you create a team?
We are always looking for individu-
als, families, schools, churches, or-
ganizations and businesses to join us
around the track as a team. Forming a
team is easy and a fun way to help sup-
port our cause and YOUR community!
And you have the event’s Leadership
Team to assist you in any way to en-
sure you have a successful team! We’re
always here to help! Equally important
is involvement from the many neigh-
borhoods within the Lake Nona area.
How can people volunteer?
We have opportunities with a variety
of time commitments including some on
just the day of event. Email us for infor-
mation at RFLofLakeNona@yahoo.com
What is Relay’s Got Talent?
It’s like American Idol but RELAY
STYLE and there are 3 GREAT PRIZES
with the top one being 4 hours in a pro-
fessional recording studio!!!!
Can anyone sponsor the event?
Yes! We have multiple levels of
sponsorship to choose from, and your
business is recognized locally on our
website and the day of our event. We
can e-mail sponsorship information or
come by, so please reach out and team
up with us for a cure!
How can I participate if I can’t
make it on event day?
Go to our website to select a team to
donate to or for a small donation, ask
to have a luminaria created online or
come to our Luminaria Tent the day of
the relay and have a luminaria made
“in honor of ” or “in memory of ” some-
one touched by cancer!
Where do donations go?
The American Cancer Society helps
to fund research and provides pro-
grams and services to help people with
cancer and their loved ones understand
cancer, manage their lives through
treatment and recovery, and find the
emotional support they need.
Can you share cancer statistics
from the American Cancer Soci-
Today, two out of three people diag-
nosed with cancer are surviving for at
least five years and the goal is to change
that to three out of three. The ACS has
contributed to a 20 percent decline in
cancer death rates in the U.S. since the
early 1990s, meaning that nearly 1.2 mil-
lion lives were saved during that time.
Each year, the ACS helps cancer pa-
tients everywhere get the help they
need when they need it. For exam-
ple, last year alone we assisted more
than a million people who called the
society’s toll-free number for help,
providing free services like a place
to stay while traveling for treatment,
rides to treatment, emotional sup-
port, and much more.
Also, the society’s work has helped
lead to a 50 percent drop in smoking
since the 1960s, which has contrib-
uted to a drop in overall lung cancer
Relay For Life This Month in Lake Nona
For the last three years, Lake Nona has hosted
American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life (RLF). This
event is taking place on Saturday, April 9, starting at 2
PM and goes on until Sunday, April 10, at 8 PM at Lake
Nona High School.
Relay For Life is the world’s largest fundraising event
to end cancer, uniting communities across the globe to
finish the fight. The money raised supports education
and prevention efforts, funds groundbreaking cancer
research and provides free information and services for cancer patients.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Mancini, the Chairwoman for Lake No-
na’s Relay for Life, and a cancer survivor herself.
22 APRIL 2016
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