Take a step to end cancer at Steilacoom-DuPont Relay For Life June 22-23

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Cancer survivors take the first lap around Pioneer Middle School's track during the Steilacoom-DuPont Relay For Life on June 1, 2012.

Cancer survivors take the first lap around Pioneer Middle School’s track during the Steilacoom-DuPont Relay For Life on June 1, 2012.

Over 100 participants will put their best foot forward to help find a cure for cancer this weekend at the second annual Steilacoom-DuPont Relay For Life.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Pioneer Middle School’s track and field, located at in DuPont.

You don’t want to miss the opening ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. Guest speaker Tamara Jenkins, DuPont’s former mayor, will talk about her journey as a cancer survivor.  At 1:15, the honorary Survivor Lap around the track will take place. During this time, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love, and support to their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers facing cancer.

Throughout the afternoon, several themed laps are planned, such as the Red, White and Blue lap, the Military lap, the Cowboy lap, even a Hawaiian Luau lap.

Luminaries are lit.

Luminaries are lit.

At 10 p.m., luminary bags will be lit around the track. The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after dark, remembering people we have lost to cancer, honoring people who have fought cancer in the past, and supporting those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized bags and are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer. Cancer survivor, syndicated columnist and author Dorothy Wilhelm will speak during this emotional and beautiful tribute. It’s a  moment you don’t want to miss.

So far, over 20 teams have registered for the event, and have have raised over $8,000. There’s still time to register and make a donation. You can either register online, or at the event between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you plan on participating and relaying overnight, you must register before 1 p.m. on June 22. Curfew is at 11 p.m. Anyone not registered for the event, will have to leave at that time.

Relay For Life is a celebration of survivorship – an occasion to express hope and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

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