Sign up for American Cancer Relay For Life June 7 in Roselle

  • On Friday, June 7, Relay For Life participants will join in a ceremony at dusk as luminarias are lit in remembrance of lives touched by cancer.

    On Friday, June 7, Relay For Life participants will join in a ceremony at dusk as luminarias are lit in remembrance of lives touched by cancer. Courtesy of Carol Kurczak

  • Teammates at the Relay for Life take turns walking the track to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer.

    Teammates at the Relay for Life take turns walking the track to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer. Courtesy of Carol Kurczak

  • Sign up now to join the Northern DuPage and Northwest Cook County American Cancer Society Relay For Life on Friday, June 7, at the Lake Park High School East Campus in Roselle.

    Sign up now to join the Northern DuPage and Northwest Cook County American Cancer Society Relay For Life on Friday, June 7, at the Lake Park High School East Campus in Roselle. Courtesy of Carol Kurczak

 
Submitted by Carol Kurczak
Posted5/23/2019 6:14 PM

Help lead the fight for a world without cancer. Join the Northern DuPage and Northwest Cook County American Cancer Society Relay For Life Friday, June 7.

It will be held at the Lake Park High School East Campus, 600 S. Medinah Road in Roselle. The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. and the closing ceremony will be at midnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Registration is open now. All are welcome to participate. To sign up, to start a team, join a team, sign up as an individual, or to sign up as a Survivor, go to www.RelayForLife.org/NorthernDuPageIL.

Have you wondered what Relay For Life is all about? Relay For Life is a tribute to those lost to cancer, a celebration for those who have survived cancer, and hope for those who currently face cancer. It is an evening of inspirational speakers, entertainment, music, games, survivor dinner, pizza party, and more. Get together with friends, neighbors, or co-workers to walk the track and hang out with a great community of people. Funds for cancer research are raised via donations to participant teams and the purchase of luminaries in honor of loved ones touched by cancer.

A special invitation is extended to the Survivor Reception Dinner to anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and one caregiver. The food is generously donated by local restaurants. In addition, you will be given a complimentary Survivor T-shirt. To secure your tickets for dinner and T shirt, register as a survivor at www.RelayForLife.org/NorthernDuPageIL.

At the opening ceremony, inspirational speakers will share their cancer journey. Special guests will get you pumped for an evening of remembrance and celebration.

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Survivors and caregivers walk the first lap, with the crowd cheering them on and honoring their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn't matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, everyone will be cheered on. Then you proceed to the Survivor Tent for dinner.

Afterward, each group and team will be announced and the walking will start. Once the evening is in full swing, teammates take turns walking the track to symbolize the ongoing fight against cancer. Music, games, food, and fun continue all evening.

You will see luminaria, decorated with the names of loved ones, lining the track. After dark, each luminaria is lit for the Luminaria Ceremony. Each light represents a life -- a life taken by cancer, the life of a cancer survivor, or the life of someone still fighting the disease. It is a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve, but also offers comfort and hope, a light in the darkness. You can purchase luminaria for $10 each to honor, support, or remember a loved one.

At the closing ceremony at midnight, participants will join hands together in a huge circle to celebrate what has been accomplished and to recognize that the fight will continue until the world is free from cancer.

The Relay For Life of Northern DuPage County and Northwest Cook County especially welcomes participants from Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Itasca, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Streamwood.

If you have questions, contact Carol Kurczak at carol.kurczak@gmail.com, or call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.

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