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Relay For Life | Rockwall

Where: Maurine Cain Middle School 6620 FM 3097 Rockwall, TX 75032

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4:00pm
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Be a Part of Rockwall County's Relay for Life

The 2016 Relay for Life will be held April 23 from 4pm - 10pm.

Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. That is the motto of the American Cancer Society’s nationwide event, Relay For Life, which is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes so much.

Honoring cancer survivors is an essential part of Relay. Survivors kick off the event by walking the very first lap, as a symbol of their courage and in celebration of their survivorship.

After nightfall, hundreds of luminaria candles, dedicated to loved ones, line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions. The Luminaria Ceremony is often called the Ceremony of Hope. It is a time for participants to remember those who have been lost to cancer, to support those who currently have cancer, and to honor those who have fought cancer in the past. By lining the walking path with luminaria bags, this ceremony provides an opportunity for people to work through their grief and find hope.

During Relay, teams of 8-15 people walk the track in shifts with the goal to have someone on the track at all times during the overnight event. Team members seek sponsors who will donate money to the American Cancer Society. Every dollar raised goes toward fighting cancer. Contributions to the Relay help the American Cancer Society fight cancer in four main ways: research, education, advocacy, and patient services. The American Cancer Society funds more than $120 million of cancer research a year. Contributions to Relay have funded:

· Forty researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade of scientific achievement
· Supported more than 20,00 grants over 60 years
· Developed the bone marrow transplant
· Discovered the breast cancer gene
· Discovered the cure for childhood leukemia
· Identified smoking as the cause of lung cancer
· Developed the use of Tamoxifen to reduce the risk of breast cancer
· Developed monoclonal antibodies to treat breast cancer and lymphoma

Visit Rockwall Relay For Life for the latest information and an opportunity to make a donation online.