PUBLISHED: 5:02 PM on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Southeast readies for another relay
JUNEAU - The entire community is invited to gather together in the fight against cancer during the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life at Dimond Park, which will last from 4 p.m. on July 19 until noon the next day. Relay team members will take turns walking, running, wheeling or sitting on the track.

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.
Event coordinator Sharon Lowe said Relay for Life is an event for the entire community.

"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 To learn more about the American Cancer Society visit 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