The schedule for West Islip’s first American Cancer Society Relay for Life has been set.
Relay For Life is a non-competitive overnight event in which teams of friends, neighbors, families and co-workers commit to keeping at least one team member walking around a track at all times.
The event is designed to increase awareness of cancer in the community and raises much needed funds to benefit the American Cancer Society. It focuses on celebrating those who have survived or are surviving, remembering those that have lost their life to cancer and making a commitment to fight back against the disease.
The schedule for the West Islip event is as follows:
Opening Ceremony: 6 p.m.
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.
Survivor Lap: 6:30 p.m.
During the Survivors' Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.
Luminaria Ceremony: 9 p.m.
The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember those who lost their battle against cancer, to support people who currently have cancer and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past.
Fight Back Ceremony: 12 a.m.
The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment each participant makes to the fight against cancer. The action taken represents what each person is willing to do for themselves, for loved ones and for the community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.
Closing Ceremony: 5:30 a.m.
The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate what each participant has committed, through their participation in a Relay event and to fight back against this disease over the next year.