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Maumelle Relay for Life Recruiting Teams, Participants
Maumelle Relay for Life Recruiting Teams, Participants

Volunteers for The Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s overnight event that celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost and fights back against the disease by raising money for research, are recruiting participants to take part in Maumelle’s May event.

JaNan Davis, the event’s co-chair, said 33 teams have been formed and 134 people have signed up to take part in the festivities. “We have already raised $6,200 of our goal of $65,000 to go toward cancer research and programs to help those fighting the disease in Arkansas,” Davis said.

Davis said participants can sign up individually on a team that has already been formed or start a team of their own. “It’s so easy to do. You pay $10 and sign up online. Then you set a goal to raise an amount you’re comfortable with using the tools the website provides. It’s as easy as sending an email to a few friends to ask if they will sponsor your participation in the event,” she said.

Davis said on relay weekend, each participant walks laps around the track, which will be at the Rolling Oaks Athletic Complex, for a designated amount of time. “You don’t have to be there the entire time, but it’s so much fun – and inspirational – you will want to be,” she added.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, with the Survivors Lap – a moving time when “survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we have achieved over cancer. We also recognize and celebrate caregivers at Relay for Life. These individuals give their time, love and support to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers who face cancer,” Davis said.

After dark on Friday, the event honors people who have been touched by cancer and remembers loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaries Ceremony, Davis said. “Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants walk a lap in silence.”

Teams camp out around the track and there is food, games and entertainment, Davis said. “It’s a family-friendly event that brings the entire Maumelle community together.” The event concludes Saturday at noon.

Last year the Maumelle Relay for Life event was recognized by the American Cancer Society as All American Relay, lauding the event and its organizers for bringing all aspects of the community – from youth to local companies and faith-based organizations – together to fight cancer.

“And this year is going to be even better,” Davis promised.

Davis encouraged those looking to learn more about Relay for Life to call her at 501-993-5997 or access www.relayforlife.org/maumelle.