I’m willing to bet that in this day and age, you know personally of someone who has been affected by cancer. Either they are a friend, family member, or even a co worker, this disease casts a wide net of victims. A friend of ours has been involved in the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life event now for at least that past three years (that I know of anyway). She has worked tirelessly to help bring cancer awareness to the forefront of the community and accomplish some amazing fund raising goals for the American Cancer Society.
Unfortunately the past few years, this particular event has been plagued by horrible weather and has forced the event promoters to drastically redesign the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life. When I was invited to attend this year, I accepted but almost didn’t expect the weather to hold up. Fortunately for me, my friend, and all the participants of the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life, they couldn’t have asked for better weather this year!
We arrived just before the opening ceremonies and were amazed at the atmosphere! When most people think of cancer awareness, they think of hospitals, chemotherapy, and patients in bed. There was none of that at the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life! Yes, the event was about cancer awareness, but it was more about a celebration of life for those who have survived this disease, and constant encouragement. There were times of remembrance for those who lost the fight, but we were surprised at just how uplifting and motivational this event really was.
Setup along riverside park in New Smyrna Beach, the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life was a big loop around the park where teams had booths setup selling merchandise, food, drinks and more. This helped them raise money for the American Cancer Society. The goal was, to have someone from each team walking at all times. That’s where the relay comes into play. The event kicked off at 6PM Friday, and ended the next morning. That’s right, team members walked through the night to show their support for the cause!
Although we didn’t stay all night, there were activities scheduled all evening including a DJ, talent shows, and lots more. The local community really came out in droves to support the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life! I am so glad we went this year, as we were able to really see what the relay was all about. In previous years due to the weather it was more of an indoor dance party with lots of homemade foods being sold, but this year it was so much more! We look forward to getting more involved next year as well as checking out some other relay events in the area.
Remember, we attended just one of hundreds of Relay for Life Events hosted nationwide, and this was our experience at this particular relay. The beauty of locally sponsored community events is that they will all be different! I encourage you to take a look at their website below and find a local Relay for Life event. Even if you only go as a spectator to show your support you are making a donation. You don’t have to spend a dime (although you can certainly make a donation if you wish), you and your family visiting these events is a donation of support in itself.
Special thanks to S. Young and her Southeast Volusia Relay For Life Team for inviting and hosting us this year! We’re looking forward to next year as we hope to see many more people walking in the survivors lap thanks to the efforts of the American Cancer Society and the Southeast Volusia Relay For Life!
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