Men, women and children whose lives have been touched by cancer are being invited to play a key role in Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life.
The charity is calling on people who have survived the disease, and others who are currently under-going treatment, to join the emotional and inspirational ‘Lap of Honour’ which marks the start of the overnight event.
Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life is a unique celebration of life and hope. It’s a fantastic family event which unites communities to help beat cancer.
Teams of eight to 15 people take part in the event, which is being held at Deangate Ridge, Hoo, Rochester over the weekend of Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd July 2011.

During the Relay For Life event, team members take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys the carnival atmosphere. As the event continues non-stop through the night, team members not on the track take turns to rest, eat, or sleep in tents, which are set up at the track.

A wide range of fun activities are also open to the whole community and everyone is welcome to come along on the day and help raise further funds for Cancer Research UK.

Nancy Waller, volunteer Chairman of Relay For Life in Hoo, said: “The Survivors’ Lap of Honour is a crucial part of Relay For Life. It is a moving start to the weekend’s festivities as people of all ages, wearing special lilac T-shirts bearing the word ‘Survivor’, step on to the track cheered on by all present.
“The Survivor’s Lap allows us to honour everyone who has experienced cancer and celebrate the strides that are being made to beat the disease.”

As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. The event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags decorated with touching messages – in memory or in celebration of loved ones – are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track.

All the money raised through Relay For Life helps to fund Cancer Research UK’s world-class research to improve understanding of the disease and investigate how best to prevent, diagnose and treat different forms of cancer.

Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s work, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. Survival rates have doubled over the last 30 years and Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of that progress.
But despite improvements in treatment, cancer causes one-in-four of all deaths in the UK. Cancer Research UK wants to change that and needs the support of people in Medway to help save many more lives.

Mrs Waller said: “Cancer affects so many people every year. Relay For Life is a great way to support them by raising awareness and money to fund Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.

“We would love to hear from anyone who wants to take part in the Survivors’ Lap of Honour or who wants to enter a team in Relay For Life. This is a unique event and everyone can play a part.”

For more information about Relay For Life in Hoo and how to get involved contact Nancy Waller on 01622 221254 (daytime) or email: nancy_waller@btinternet.com, alternatively visit http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/relay or call 08716 41 26 02.

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