Relay for Life urges everyone to "Celebrate. Remember. Fight back." The event is the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which funds more cancer research than any organization outside the federal government.
photo courtesy of the American Cancer Society of Alaska Relay for Life participants get ready for the 2007 race. This year's event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on July 19 with the Survivor Lap.
"Even if you aren't signed up, you should come and support," she said.
Lowe urges cancer survivors to arrive in time for the "survivor lap" at 4:00 p.m. to kick off the event.
"We would like to have survivors out there to do the victory lap," Lowe said. "We don't care if they're in a wheelchair or if they're totally mobile. We'll be following that with a reception for the survivors to honor them."
The Luminaria Ceremony will take place at midnight. Many Relay for Life participants find this the most powerful part of the event.
"This is when we light the candles to celebrate those who are fighting and remember those who are lost," Lowe said.
There will also be a silent auction and entertainment.
Participating teams have until August 31 to turn in their funds. Lowe said fundraising is "going great" so far.
For more information contact Sharon Lowe at 789-1821 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the American Cancer Society visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.
Schedule of events
Saturday, July 19
4:00 p.m.: Relay for Life begins with the Survivor Lap
4:30 p.m.: Stoller White performance
5:00 p.m.: Cross Roads performance
6:00 p.m.: T.J Rifanburg performance
7:30 p.m.: Patshiva belly-danceperformance
Midnight: Luminaria Ceremony
Sunday, July 20
10:00 a.m.: Noodles of Doom drum group performance
11:00 a.m.: Kit and the Kaboodlesperformance
Noon: Relay for Life ends