The 2014 Relay For Life of Coweta County is scheduled to begin Friday, May 2 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. The event will get underway at 7 p.m.
The life-changing event, which benefits the American Cancer Society (ACS), gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Organizers ask the entire community to come out and support the event, even if they do not have a team.
Relay For Life's roots can be traced back to May 1985. That's when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington to raise money for ACS. He raised $27,000. One year later, he was joined by 340 people. Relay for Life was born, and since then it has raised more than $4 billion to fight cancer.
ACS estimates there are over 300,000 cancer survivors in Georgia.
Here is the schedule for this year's Relay for Life in Coweta County:
Opening Ceremony...7:00 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...following opening ceremonies: 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...9:00 p.m. : The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.
Closing Ceremony...4:00 a.m. on May 3: The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.