Relay for Life celebrations will take your breath away

Relay For Life is an overnight team event filled with fun, food and friendship, where you are surrounded by people of all ages joined together to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember people they have lost and fight back against the disease.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take … but by the moments that take your breath away.” The Relay For Life celebrations will take your breath away.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to join in the celebration before, grab your family and join us Friday June 19, at 5 p.m. We will honor survivors as they come forward to receive their medal and begin their lap around the track. It is a beautiful heartfelt ceremony.

In the last several years survivorship of both men and woman from cancer is up 10 percent from previous years. American Cancer Society Research is really making a difference. We are all making a difference when we raise money for Relay and participate in honoring our friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, our children, husbands and wives. One out of every three people in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. The numbers are staggering.

Last year we raised $79,000. This year our goal is $87,000. The money raised will go for research, education, advocacy and services. Archuleta County is able to offer many of the services to those in need in our county. We can offer hotel and gas vouchers, drivers for treatment, wigs, PSA testing, mammograms and paps, support groups and mentoring programs.

Included in our Relay for Life activities this year: on Friday, June 19, from 4 to 9 p.m. we will have a carnival. This is a family event with lots of fun, games and activities for all ages. There will be a bounce house, train rides, face painting, fishing for prizes, an ’80s trivia contest, bubbles, balloons, snow cones, cotton candy and much more. Last year, we sold 1,500 tickets for the carnival. We are hoping to sell even more this year.

So far, our community fund-raisers, car washes, horseshoe tournament, Bear Creek music night have raised over $2,347. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in any of the fund-raisers, we have more: a bridge tournament Friday, June 12, from 1-4 p.m. at the community center. ($10 per person) and a garage sale at the Outfitters on Saturday, June 13.

Another way to help make a difference is to donate an auction item for the silent auction.

Won’t you join us for the Celebration of Life and in honoring those that have died of cancer? If you can’t be there to experience it first hand, give a donation to American Cancer Society.

To learn more about where to send your money or auction item, or for more information on the Relay, call Dori Blauert, 731-9458.