By: Terah Phillips
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As the 25th annual Relay for Life begins to kick off the American Cancer Society is asking for your support. Relay for Life is an event to celebrate the lives of those who survived cancer while remembering those who lost their lives to the fight of cancer. And the American Cancer Society says that every dollar helps!
You can help by giving money to an existing team or start a team of your own. Each team consists of about 8-15 people spend 12 hours at the event taking turns walking while honoring and remembering those who fought and are fighting cancer.
The first lap is always taken by the cancer survivors. A tradition for Relay for Life and an emotional time for those attending. This is a way Relay for Life just gives you an idea of how many lives you helped by supporting the event.
Luminary candles can be bought in honor or memory of someone that fought or is fighting cancer and they are displayed around the track. When the candles are lit all the lights are turned off and a moment of silence takes place to remember those lost to cancer. The bags are left burning throughout the night to remind the participants of the importance of their contributions.
There are more than 4,800 Relay for Life events around the country and many in your area as well. Below is a list of the Relay for Life events in our area.
CHAMBERS COUNTY - June 10 - RAM Stadium
CHILTON COUNTY - April 29 - Little League Football Field
COFFEE COUNTY - April 29 - ESCC
COOSA COUNTY - May 6 - Central Elementary School
CULLMAN COUNTY - May 6 - Heritage Park
DALE COUNTY- May 20 - Soccer Complex in Ozark
DALLAS COUNTY - April 29 - Memorial Stadium
DEKALB COUNTY - April 29 - VFW Fairgrounds
ELMORE COUNTY/TALLASSEE - June 3 - J.E. Hot O'Brien Stadium
ELMORE COUNTY/WETUMPKA - April 30 - Wetumpka High School Football Field
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - April 30 - Tom Byrne Park
GENEVA COUNTY - May 6 - Hugh Owen Memorial Stadium at Geneva High School
HOUSTON COUNTY - May 13 - Houston County Farm Center
LEE COUNTY - May 6 - Southern Union
LOWNDES COUNTY - April 19 - Russell Baseball Complex
MACON COUNTY - April 29 - CAVHCS- East Campus
MONTGOMERY COUNTY- May 6 - Faulkner University
PIKE COUNTY - May 6 - Troy Sportsplex
RUSSELL COUNTY - May 6 - Garrett Stadium
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY - May 13 - CACC Track
WILCOX COUNTY - April 29 - Camden Municipal Airport