This weekend, the 2011 Southeastern Connecticut Relay For Life was held at Dodd Stadium. This collaboration between The American Cancer Society and the Tigers celebrated the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembered loved one’s lost and helped fight back against the disease.
At Relay, teams of people camped out overnight and took turns walking or running around the warning track at Dodd Stadium. Each of the 38 teams that participated had a representative on the track at all times during the overnight event. Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length, because cancer never sleeps.
Relay starts with a Survivors Lap, an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer.
There were many theme laps during the event including:
There were also many activities for participants on the concourse including:
Touch-a-Truck with local police and fire departments,
and Airbrush Tattoos.
Musical acts entertained the crowd
as the Montville Rotary Club, in conjunction with Chili’s of Montville, provided food for participants.
After dark, Relay honors people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles were lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and numerous participants walked a lap in silence.
Each team brought canned goods to the Relay. The cans were used to weigh down the Luminaria bags and then will be donated to a local food pantry. Over 1,000 canned goods were donated to the Peniel Church Food Bank.
For more information on Relay for Life, including how to donate, visit – http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=31029