Let’s ‘Go Directly to Cure’

Published May 29, 2018 at 4:00pm

This year’s Relay for Life wants to “Go Directly to Cure.”

Relay for Life annually celebrates survivors of cancer and remembers those who have succumbed. It will be from noon Saturday, June 2, through 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3, at the State School for the Deaf on Turin Street.

The Relay is one of those annual events for worthy causes that seems to get better each year as more and more people devote time, effort and skills to make it a success.

The American Cancer’s Society’s goal is to raise money so that we can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Already supporters have begun their activities with the “Paint the Town Purple” event. Businesses, organizations and schools were invited to decorate their buildings and offices with purple ribbons, yard signs, banners and anything purple. The focus was to get participants excited about the Relay. Awards for Paint the Town Purple, campsites, sponsors and all teams will be presented during Sunday’s closing ceremonies.

Beyond the usual guest speakers there will be a Survivor Tent with survivors welcoming others and later the inspirational Luminary Ceremony at 9 p.m. in which candles will line the track and are left burning through the night as team members walk.

For a great example of true motivation in the fight against cancer, nothing can surpass Rome’s Relay for Life.