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Relay for Life of Duneland kicks off this weekend

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Take part in not only a global movement, but a local movement to fight cancer, right here in the Duneland community by taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Duneland.

Relay For Life is the largest grassroots effort to fight cancer with more than 5,200 fundraising events around the world. This inspiring, family friendly event is planned for this Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, from noon to 6 a.m. at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Avenue.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at a high school athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times.

Teams do much of their fundraising prior to the event, but the track will be filled with teams fundraising by offering food, games, fun and commemorative items, and much more.

Relay brings together people from all walks of life to further the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Relay For Life includes survivor and caregiver celebrations to honor and recognize those who have battled cancer, whether personally or alongside a loved one. The Survivor’s Victory Lap, where all the survivors take to the track in unison, will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The lap is preceded/followed by a celebratory reception/dinner at 5 p.m. The Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.

Participants circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the names of those who have battled cancer. Luminaria will still be available at the Relay on Saturday.

The Fight Back Ceremony at 11 p.m. inspires Relay participants to make a personal pledge of action such as quitting smoking, getting recommended cancer screenings, or making other healthy lifestyle changes in order to fight back against the disease.

In addition to the event’s ceremonies that honor those who have battled cancer, there is an emphasis on educating the community about steps to can take to prevent cancer. Activities are planned to encourage leading an active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a plant-rich diet, all of which are shown to significantly reduce one’s risk for cancer with the potential to cut cancer deaths by one-third.

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Duneland enable the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community through programs like Road to Recovery, which provides free transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients; Reach to Recovery, a program that pairs breast cancer patients with trained survivors to offer support and advice; clinical trials matching service; and access to life-saving information at any hour day or night.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved, visit www.relayforlife.org/dunelandin or call 1-800-227-2345.

Relay for Life

Main Events

Ongoing throughout event: Team fundraisers

Noon: Opening Ceremony - Color guard Chesterton Police Department/National Anthem by Jericka Paliga

12:00-9:00 p.m.: Bounce House

12:00-6:00 p.m.: Music & Entertainment by DJ Paul

12:00-7:00 p.m.: Dunk Tank donated by Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Blud Bros. Band

1:15-2:00 p.m.: Washington Park Zoo Animal Education Show

2:00-3:00 p.m.: Chesterton Police Department K-9 Units

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Yoga, James O’Connor Martial Arts & Fitness

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Chesterton Fire Department will come with Engines to Spray Kids 3:30-7:00 p.m.: Survivor Tent

3:30-4:00 p.m.: Dancebizz Kids Dance Show

4:00-4:30 p.m.: Martial Arts Presentation by James O’Connor Martial Arts & Fitness

4:30 p.m.: Survivor Lap

5:00-6:00 p.m.: Survivor Dinner

5:00-5:30 p.m.: Zumba, James O’Connor Martial Arts & Fitness

5:30-6:00 p.m.: Balloon Release

6:00-Midnight: Music & Entertainment by DJ Chris

6:45-7:00 p.m.: Silent Auction

7:00-8:00 p.m.: Faithful Fitness Friends Fitness Boot Camp

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Costume Hour featuring RailCats - Rusty and Rascal; O'Connor Mascot; Flanagin Fairies

7:30 p.m.: Silent Auction Ends

8:00-8:45 p.m.: Weston Rettingger Band

8:45-9:00 p.m.: Silent Auction

9:00-9:45 p.m.: Luminaria Ceremony

9:45 -10:00 p.m.: Silent Auction

10:00-11:00 p.m.: Duet Performance by Jericka Paliga and Tyler Geik

11:00 p.m.: Fight Back Ceremony

12:00-6:00 a.m.: Music & Entertainment by DJ Raul

12:00-12:30 a.m.: Dodgeball

12:30-1:00 a.m.: Sexy Leg & Arm competition

1:00-2:00 a.m.: Faithful Fitness Friends Fitness Boot Camp

2:00-3:00 a.m.: Dance Party

6:00 a.m. Closing Ceremony and Church Service

Themed Laps:

Community members are invited to join the relayers for a few laps and have a little bit of fun. Themed laps will be throughout the entire relay beginning at noon on Saturday and continuing throughout the night and into Sunday and will include:

1:00 p.m.: January Birthdays

1:30 p.m.: Mother/Son

2:30 p.m.: February Birthdays

3:00 p.m.: 3 Legged Lap

3:30 p.m.: March Birthdays

4:30 p.m.: Survivor Lap

5:30 p.m.: Backwards Lap

6:00 p.m.: Hat Lap

6:30 p.m.: Sister Lap

7:00 p.m.: Bubbles Lap

7:30 p.m.: April Birthdays

8:00 p.m.: Mother/Daughter Lap

8:30 p.m.: Caregiver Lap

10:00 p.m.: Skipping Lap

10:30 p.m.: Father/Son Lap

11:00 p.m.: May Birthdays

11:30 p.m.: Children’s Lap- GLOW LAP

12:00 a.m.: Grandparents/Grandchildren

12:30 a.m.: June Birthdays

1:00 a.m.: Pajama Lap

1:30 a.m.: July Birthdays

2:00 a.m.: Favorite Sport Team Lap

2:30 a.m.: August Birthdays

3:00 a.m.: Cheer Lap!

3:30 a.m.: September Birthdays

4:00 a.m.: Father/Daughter Lap

4:30 a.m.: October Birthdays

5:00 a.m.: BFF Lap

5:30 a.m.: November Birthdays

6:00 a.m.: December Birthdays

 

 

Posted 6/27/2014