Lions and Leos join in Relay for Life
Our local Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life Event took place at the Harry J. MacDonald field this past weekend. 26 teams and 189 participants set up tents, campers and motorhomes around a track and members of each team took turns walking the track. Food, music, games and activities were provided by teams and volunteers during the fun filled 20 hours. This event celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer and inspires hope by sharing accomplishments and progress with others.
The first lap of the evening was for survivors celebrating their victory over cancer and for all the caregivers who give their time, support and love to those fighting cancer.
My favorite event was the luminaria ceremony. This is where we remember those we have lost to cancer, honor those who have fought cancer in the past and support those whose fight continues. Personalized lighted bags are placed around the track as glowing tributes to those who have been affected by cancer. With a bagpiper from Crow Creek Pipes and Drums playing Amazing Grace, this hour is very touching and emotional.
Total funds raised for our Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life is at $54,377.69. THANKS to ALL who donated, volunteered and to all the teams that participated. We are fighting to end cancer in our community and each dollar raised shows we are helping save lives.