• Relay For Life, it's getting time......

    Asked by GregP_WN on Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Relay For Life, it's getting time......

    What Is your favorite part of Relay For Life?

    39 Answers from the Community

    39 answers
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      Still BEING here, able to do the Survivor Lap!

      about 4 years ago
    • michaelholtz's Avatar
      michaelholtz

      I've participated in Relay for at least 14 years, but last year I walked my first Survivor Lap. That moment, of being surrounded by my community, was the best thing I've ever experienced at Relay.

      about 4 years ago
    • Staci1219's Avatar
      Staci1219

      I love all of it but I think seeing the survivor lap at the beginning and being there at end...also the lumenaria ceremony. Our daughter has participated the last 2 yrs and and a team and she has been the team captain both times. Seeing how hard she has worked has made me proud. She is only in the 8th grade this yr.

      about 4 years ago
    • luckypenny78's Avatar
      luckypenny78

      when the sun goes down and the luminaries are lit and things are quiet.

      about 4 years ago
    • themitch1970's Avatar
      themitch1970

      We have so much fun at Relay. My last 2 years have been as a Survivor. The Luminaria ceremony is my favorite part, but being surrounded by family and friends all working toward a common goal is Awesome!!

      about 4 years ago
    • dona625's Avatar
      dona625

      This will be my 1st one, this is a good question for me to learn about it . Thanks everybody

      about 4 years ago
    • julizo's Avatar
      julizo

      Seeing my daughter walk the survivor lap after bieng diagnosed with AML at four months old she celebrates her 7th year of survival this year

      about 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      You sponsor your son in Virginia Tech’s Relay For Life, the world's largest Collegiate Relay For Life. Last year, I remember watching via their live stream while recovering from chemo #1 hoping I might see him among the 5,800+ students who participated. He raised almost $2,700 last year honoring me in my fight against stage 3 colon cancer.

      This year he is already on his way fund raising. I'll be watching this year's RFL via live stream as still not up to the trek.

      about 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar
      Vjp2012

      Anyone in Colorado, Longmont or Estes Park, doing the Relay?

      about 4 years ago
    • scrappyjen's Avatar
      scrappyjen

      The survivor lap and luminaria ceremony! Those two events have always brought tears to my eyes and are so emotional. After 5 years of being a part of Relay as a team captain with my husband, this will be my first year as a survivor so a little different perspective this year. Relay night is my favorite night of the entire year!

      about 4 years ago
    • scrappyjen's Avatar
      scrappyjen

      The survivor lap and luminaria ceremony! Those two events have always brought tears to my eyes and are so emotional. After 5 years of being a part of Relay as a team captain with my husband, this will be my first year as a survivor so a little different perspective this year. Relay night is my favorite night of the entire year!

      about 4 years ago
    • Kim2000's Avatar
      Kim2000

      Taking part in the survivor lap, and seeing all the support we have from our friends and families :0)

      about 4 years ago
    • MsPete's Avatar
      MsPete

      See all the survivors and their beautiful caregivers!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • kelley_gleason's Avatar
      kelley_gleason

      Luminaria ceremony an silent lap

      about 4 years ago
    • RockTom's Avatar
      RockTom

      For me it's the whole feeling of Relay For Life. I can't say one part. The feeling of community, friendship, brotherhood, a closeness not found in many other parts of life. Everyone is connected, we are all members of a club that we did not ask to be a part of, but we are still related. Like we are all brothers and sisters.

      about 4 years ago
    • MyelomaBeacon's Avatar
      MyelomaBeacon

      My favorite part is when it gets dark, and the luminarias are lit. It is an amazing site to see the track lit up on both sides with so many people's names. The bags are decorated, you can see and feel the deep feeling that everyone has put into the bags.

      about 4 years ago
    • SheilaLynnn's Avatar
      SheilaLynnn

      Walking the survivor lap with my fellow survivors

      about 4 years ago
    • Jenann78's Avatar
      Jenann78

      I have been on the Committee and had a team for the last 10 years. Last year was my 1st year as a Survivor. It was a bittersweet experience for me, as I had been someone on the sidelines for years and cheering on the Survivors. Now I am being cheered on and it was a very weird experience for me. Still learning to cope with the fact I am now a Survivor. However, my favorite part is coming together with the community and fighting back. It is a wonderful experience I recommend to everyone!

      about 4 years ago
    • hogfan03's Avatar
      hogfan03

      It has been watching my mom walk the survivors lap. This year I will be joining her waking that first lap.

      about 4 years ago
    • SusanJones' Avatar
      SusanJones

      the luminaria ceremony

      about 4 years ago
    • judyrb825's Avatar
      judyrb825

      Luminaria ceremony. Very emotional before and after my diagnosis! Followed by the Survivor lap

      about 4 years ago
    • auntcint's Avatar
      auntcint

      My favorite time is the SURVIVORS LAP and thanking God that I am still here and able to walk the lap

      about 4 years ago
    • kbarkley's Avatar
      kbarkley

      I love every part of RFL!!!! This will be my 11th year being involved with our local relay(since its inception!). My whole family is involved. My son was instrumental in getting it started in our community due to his dad(my late husband) dying of brain cancer. Our family has an extensive history of multiple types of cancer. Some survivors and some lost their battle. Fortunately I am one of the survivors!!!! If I had to select my favorite part, I guess I would say the memorial ceramony. It is beautiful with nothing but the luminaries lining the track to give us light.

      about 4 years ago
    • HardyGirl's Avatar
      HardyGirl

      I went last year and while I thought I was hurting, and really sick and couldn't hardly walk, I was inspired by some of the people walking. One lady had an oxygen tank on wheels pushing it around with her, in the 100 degree heat. All of a sudden I didn't feel like I was that sick. There are some incredibly inspiring people there. It's worth the trip just to see and talk to them.

      about 4 years ago
    • kfore's Avatar
      kfore

      Empty table ceremony. I cry every time. I also like the Luminaria walk and honor/remembrances.

      about 4 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar
      MarianneT

      My first experience with Relay for Life was 2 weeks after my last chemo treatment. I had to leave home and move upstate for the summer months for my job. My job was running an office for a summer camp for developmentally disabled individuals. It was so emotional leaving home when I was still feeling so weak and tired. My camp of over 200 staff from all over the world surprised me by dressing in pink and marching the 1/2 mile walk to the park where they were holding a local Relay for Life. They all lit luminary bags and I was completely blown away walking around and looking at bag after bag wishing me well. They made me feel so appreciated and honored. This is now a tradition for our staff orientation and even though I have moved to a different department I will go upstate to the camp and join relay for Life with my "summer" family.

      about 4 years ago
    • veedub's Avatar
      veedub

      this is the first time i've heard of it. is it a nationwide event? is there one anywhere near san francisco CA?

      about 4 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I like the Survivor Lap in particular.

      about 4 years ago
    • critterbug192's Avatar
      critterbug192

      I've always enjoyed attending the Relay for Life in our community in honor of family members who have passed on from cancer. However, this past year I went as a survivor and the survivor lap and then the second lap with the caregiver (my husband) was overwhelming! I also had reality hit hard when I saw the Lumiere that my children had gotten for me as a survivor during the final lap of silence and thought of how lucky I am to have made it. I truly am lucky and blessed!

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      @veedub yes it is a Nationwide program, each community will have their own events scattered across several months of the year. Anyone is welcome to join, you can start your own team, join a team, or just drop in the event and see what it's all about. Here is a link to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life websit. www.relayforlife.org

      about 4 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar
      LisaLathrop

      Seeing everyone come out and join the fight against cancer! And how much we all raise together for the cure, the programs, and much needed support for patients and caregivers alike. Overall, being a survivor and having lots of Luminarias in honor of my loved ones, is very emotional for me. But as each person on that track comes together for one cause, that's the most beautiful part for me.

      about 4 years ago
    • Judit's Avatar
      Judit

      I've been attending Relay events for a couple of years, & am buoyed by the survivor laps, as well as the other survivor stories. I am encouraged by the dedication of the local schools & the representatives from them. I belong to HopeClub, in upstate NY, & we are having our first Relay this year. Looking forward to it!! Judi T

      about 4 years ago
    • HighHopes' Avatar
      HighHopes

      The support from the community is empowering, inspirational, and motivating. You never realize how many lives cancer has truly touched until you participate in a Relay event. It at first made me angry that so many people had to struggle with the emotional/physical aspects of cancer, then it just motivated me to fight harder for a cure!!
      I lost my 20 year old niece to cancer almost 6 years ago. I am a 4 year survivor of Colon cancer, and I am a Relay for Life participant, as well as a Committee member in my town. Go spend time walking the track, support the fun by participating. I guarantee, you will want to attend every year!

      about 4 years ago
    • GMaRoz's Avatar
      GMaRoz

      The survivor lap & watching them walk thru the arch, also the luminaria ceremony. My mother is a two time survivor at 92. I lost my only sister & brother to cancer. Also my mother in law and many other family members. I love being part of the whole Relay for Life. To fight the fight against cancer.

      about 4 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar
      fastdog

      I did RFL years ago, before I had cancer. I will be doing it this year, first time since diagnosis. I expect I should bring a big box of tissues, as I expect to water up most of the time, especially during the survivor's lap. My caregiver will be going, also.

      almost 4 years ago
    • rjtom's Avatar
      rjtom

      I love everything about the Relay! The courage award winner ceremony that kicks things off, the survivor's lap (and the fact that I get to walk it!) and the luminaria ceremony. There is such a sense of community and love. It gives me strength and courage.

      almost 4 years ago
    • rjtom's Avatar
      rjtom

      I love everything about the Relay! The courage award winner ceremony that kicks things off, the survivor's lap (and the fact that I can walk it) and the luminaria ceremony. There is such a feeling of community and love. It gives me strength and courage.

      almost 4 years ago
    • YaYa's Avatar
      YaYa

      The Survivors Lap,Seeing all those who had Cancer and beat it or still Fighting it,and meeting some

      almost 4 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar
      fastdog

      Been there, done that! Ours was last week in Gardner MA. I don't live there, but work at a church in that town. I was too sick with bronchitis to go to the opening ceremony Fri. evening, and it was cold and pouring rain. I was really bummed that I couldn't do the survivor lap, but the sun came out next day, and the husband went with me and wore the "incredible caregiver" tee shirt I'd bought for him, and we did the caregiver lap. So that was my favorite part.

      almost 4 years ago

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