Are you ready to join the cause? This Friday night, residents and friends of Glynn county will come together to walk, share and unite against cancer! This year the Relay for Life 2018 will be held at a new location on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 6PM – 12AM. All are welcome to come out and support cancer survivors and their caregivers at The Golden Isles Church of God right off the spur in Brunswick.
All on Georgia Glynn had the opportunity to speak with Joni Bennett who is the coordinator for the event for Glynn County. “This will be a fun, meaningful, family event and where we hope all families can be on Friday night between 6:00 and 11:00 pm. There will lots of raffles, food and fireworks. It is a time to come out to honor and remember those who lost the fight and to support friends and neighbors who have and still are fighting cancer.
All are welcome to donate to the teams who will be set up around the track by purchasing food and other items, playing games and bidding on auction items.
According to Joni, many changes were made this year to reinvigorate and re energize this very important event and reignite enthusiasm in the community. “We are so excited about our new venue at Golden Isles Church of God, located right off the Spur. This new location is very visible and accessible. Survivors will park right next to the track which is wonderful news! All other attendees will be parked directly across from the track and will have access to their vehicles during the event. There will be a large balloon arch on the track to mark the start and finish line which should help our walkers along with fun selfie stations scattered along the track. We will have a large children’s activity area with lots of activities, including arts and crafts and face painting and a special children’s photo area. Our Survivors’ tent will feature special activities for survivors and their caregivers to participate in throughout the night. And Stambaugh Aviation will present fireworks!”
Serving as a team captain for two teams and part of the Executive committee this year, Joni has been volunteering for this event for many years. The significance of this relay is important to her personally as well as to the community. “Almost every single one of us has been touched by a cancer diagnosis. For me, it was my Father who passed away from lung cancer 25 years ago. And too many friends. The American Cancer Society not only leads the fight to find a cure but provides support and resources for our family members, friends and neighbors. At our local event we will join together to celebrate everyone who has fought and beaten this dreaded disease! We will love on and support those who are currently fighting. We all love a party and we will celebrate! We will also honor and remember those who we lost too soon with a beautiful luminary ceremony that will touch your heart.”
When asked why should people come support the cause? she answered, “For the cause, for our neighbors, friends and family. To support each other. To show those who have fought and won that we are proud of them. To show those who are still fighting that we love and support them. To honor and remember those we have lost. To support the teams who have made the effort to help raise money by participating in their activities, buying their goodies, eating their food. To enjoy fireworks in April! To celebrate, honor, and remember!”
Some of the most meaningful parts of the event will take place at 6:30 and at 9:30 pm.
At 6:30, the community will line the track as the Survivor’s Lap takes place. Survivors’ and their caregivers will walk the track as a symbol of their journey. As the community cheers them on, they are validated for their fight and it is an uplifting moment they carry with them.
At 9:30, they will have the Luminaria Lighting and Ceremony. During this ceremony, they represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve, but also offers comfort and hope.
Proceeds for this event will support the American Cancer Society. Information and Resources about Cancer: Breast, Colon, Lung, Prostate, Skin can be found on their website. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to helping people who face cancer. To learn about cancer research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education, please visit cancer.org.
To join this relay, sign up HERE!
We hope to see you there!