I wanted to take a moment today and post about an organization that is very important to me, The American Cancer Society! As many of you probably already know, all of us at In-FUSION Group are very cause oriented. Whether it is supporting a charity through a fundraising effort, helping to plan an event or just donating to something we believe in we feel everyone has the power to make a difference and to help make the world a better place.
The cause I am writing about today is Relay for Life, an Annual American Cancer Society event. I have a lot of reasons for participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Southgate. This year’s Southgate Relay is June 2nd and 3rdfrom 10AM-10AM at Homer Howard Park in Southgate. Our team “Going Bananas for a Cure” will be just one of dozens of teams who come to the overnight event to show their support and help raise money to find a cure for Cancer.
As a third year participant and past Chairperson for the event I want people to know what Relay for Life is. Every year in cities across the United States communities come together for 24 hour walk-a-thon fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. Last year Southgate raised over $53,000 dollars. But we can’t stop there. Our goal for 2012 is to raise even more. To raise that money we need more support than ever before. Teams start working on the event months before it happens. Committee meetings start in October and ACS hopes to have at least 50% of their teams signed up by January. Teams participating in the event do quite a bit of fundraising around town. Bowling fundraisers, euchre parties, car washes, bottle drives and bake sales to name a few.
Southgate’s Relay For Life will be 24 hours of games and entertainment. At times it will feel like a big party with bands playing, to people in costumes walking around the track. But for many participants, the most important part of the event will also be the most somber. The luminaria Ceremony, held at nightfall, includes hundreds of luminaries that are lit and placed around the track. Each small luminary recognizes someone’s personal battle with cancer, from those who have died to the ones who are survivors of cancer. The luminaria ceremony has a special meaning for most everyone who participates in Relay. This is the part that is the most special to me.
For our family and friends, this is our third year of participating in Southgate’s Relay and we encourage everyone to get involved! If you are interested in supporting our team by making a donation, please click here! Every dollar helps save lives.