GLEN ROSE - According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime and, in 2014, there was an estimated 14.4 million survivors of the ten most prevalent cancers among men and women.
Since cancer affects have such an impact of so many people, The American Cancer Society urges people to get involved in the fight against cancer.
One of the ways people can get involved is with the organization's signature fundraising event - Relay for Life. The event gives communities a chance to come together, honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones and fight against cancer.
Relay for Life in Somervell County is preparing to continue its fight for another year.
To kick off the 2016 event, the committee will be holding its first team meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Somervell County Library. Anyone interested in participating or learning more about the race is encouraged to attend.
Somervell County Relay for Life co-chair, Shannon Samuelson said that this year’s walk will be taking place on Saturday, April 30 from 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. and will have a carnival theme.
Relay for Life originally started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash. His efforts raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. The next year the first official relay race was organized and from there it has grown into a nation and worldwide event.
The American Cancer Society states that Relay for Life raises more than $400 million every year. The funds go towards innovative research on every type of cancer, as well as provides free information and services to cancer patients.
During the event, Relay for Life teams usually camp out overnight and each team member takes turns walking or running around a track. The race is started with a survivor’s lap, where all cancer survivors take the first lap to celebrate their victory over the disease.
Also at the race, a Luminaria Ceremony typically takes place after dark. Each luminaria bag is personalized and represents a friend, family member or loved one that has been affected by cancer.
Samuelson said that all the details for the Somervell County Relay for Life event will be finalized as the race draws nearer.
If you would like additional information about Relay for Life, contact Samuelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the meeting Tuesday Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Somervell County Library.