Relay For Life, Rain or Shine
Into every life a little rain must fall. This year’s Relay For Life participants experienced this first-hand when the event, held May 18 and May 19, was challenged by showers throughout the weekend. Leslie Borgen, 2019 Relay co-chair, said it was the first time in 21 years that it rained during Relay. Participants’ spirits were not dampened, however. Thirty-seven teams stayed through the night into Sunday morning walking the track despite the rain which was heavy at times. Each lap on the soggy track was a commitment to raising awareness about cancer and raising money for a cure.
The Luminaria Ceremony was held Saturday evening at 9 p.m. as it began to rain more heavily. The traditional ritual of participants lighting candles for one another and then walking the track with them had to be adjusted. This year’s participants, undaunted, solemnly walked the Luminaria lap with lighted cell phones held high. ACS volunteer Linda Cormack says that the Luminaria bags seemed a fitting testament for the evening. They lighted the way through the rainy night. They became a bit raggedy as the weather took its toll, but they served their purpose and endured. Like the luminarias, she notes, we also come through storms into warm sunshine, a bit weather-worn, but stronger than ever with the fortitude to carry on.
This was an inspiring Relay because people showed their willingness to persevere through challenges for a goal greater than themselves. They demonstrated resilience and flexibility to endure the wet, uncomfortable cold for the sake of others. Through their tireless efforts, these dedicated teams raised almost $242,000 for the American Cancer Society. This money which funds research, free patient programs, and educational outreach makes a difference in the world.
Relay co-chair Cass Stauffer would like to express her gratitude to the community for coming out even in the rain to work together toward a cancer-free world. Every donation helps the American Cancer Society to save lives. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services, contact the SCV ACS office at 661-298-0886 option 3 or visit the ACS website www.cancer.org.
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