Walk to help wipe out cancer

July 28, 2012 by  

The Alle-Kiski Valley Relay for Life will take place at Valley High School on August 11, starting at 10:00 pm. This is an overnight relay walk with proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life events are held throughout the year in various communities in the United States, Canada, and over 20 other countries. The aim is to raise money for cancer research, to provide services to those suffering from the disease, and to spread awareness. Those who take part walk around a track or a field in which members of a team take turns overnight. These events always include entertainment, games, and food for the participants. The Relay for Life starts with a victory lap for cancer survivors. This is followed by a candle ceremony which pays tribute to all those who have been either lost to cancer or have suffered from the disease. There is also a “fight back” ceremony, in which several speakers make a commitment to fight cancer in their community.

The organizers at Valley High School will no doubt follow this set procedure for Relay for Life events. Those in the area who have been touched from cancer will naturally be especially keen to take part in this event, including those from nearby Leechburg, since not every community has its own Relay for Life event. Local printing companies may also be helping the organizers prepare for the event. They can provide banner printing and poster printing services to help decorate the area and to encourage others to take part.