As its website (relay.acsevents.org) points out, The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer.
“From team members to volunteers, we all want to remember those we’ve lost, help those affected today, and give us a home team advantage against cancer,” it notes. “Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up to make a difference. When we rally together in the fight against cancer through this fun and inspirational event, we can accomplish anything.
The funds you raise through Relay For Life will not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also help give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.
Locally, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Rome was held over the weekend at the State School for the Deaf on Turin Street.
This year’s theme was “Step Right Up and Relay,” which encouraged participating teams to host interactive carnival games to be played by anyone in the community at their special fund-raising tents/table, according to an announcement by event organizers.
As usual, the crowd was ardent, despite some damp weather. Some of those games were to include ring toss, balloon pop game, plinko, pie in the face, spin to win, gold fish in a bowl, face painting, lap beads, as well as several raffles to choose from, organizers added. Members of the Rome Free Academy Honor Society put on several activities for children. Food trucks were also to be new addition to relay this year on Saturday.
The funds raised hrough Relay For Life not only honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also help give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.