Hundreds of cancer survivors and supporters will spend the afternoon and evening of April 1 on the track to raise money for cancer research and a variety of cancer-related endeavors during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Fort Bend.
Planned for noon, April 1, to midnight Sunday, April 2, at Edward Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, the annual fundraiser invites teams and individuals to walk and jog laps to raise money and awareness regarding cancer and to honor cancer survivors and loved ones lost to cancer. More than $63,000 was raised in 2016 and more than $1.4 million since the inception of the local relay in 2003.
“Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made by the American Cancer Society, and the work yet to be done,” said Nick Deacon, volunteer and Relay for Life of Fort Bend event lead. “Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer, either through their own personal battle or through the battle of someone they love, and this disease has taken too much from too many. Each new team that registers brings us that much closer.”
To further emphasize the plight of cancer, relay teams are encouraged to have at least one participant on the track at all times because cancer never sleeps. Teams and individuals can register at relayforlife.org/greaterfortbendtxor by phoning 1-800-227-2345.
“Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting event,” Deacon said.
Relay For Life events are held long in to the night (sometimes overnight) as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or fairground, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites at the function.
Funds raised during the relay and various pre-events go to support cancer research; Hope Lodge, which provides Houston accommodations for cancer patients receiving treatment; Road to Recovery, which provides needed transportation to patients; Look Good, Feel Better, which teaches women battling cancer beauty techniques to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments; and Reach to Recovery, which matches trained breast cancer survivors with those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to talk to someone who has been there.