American Cancer Society Raises Cancer Awareness with Relay For Life

Teams camp overnight to show that cancer never sleeps

The American Cancer Society hosts the Relay For Life of North Knoxville each year to raise awareness about cancer. This year’s event will be held on May 3-4 at Tennova North Campus from 6 p.m. -6 a.m.  There will be a Zumbathon from 8-10 p.m. The event will also include face painting, photo booth, tethered hot air balloon rides and other family-friendly activities.  Grisom Ridge will perform at 10:00 p.m.  Relay teams will be cooking delicious food for donations.  Bring the family for dinner and don’t forget a fried Oreo or funnel cake for dessert!  Registered community teams-Tennova, Tennessee Cancer Specialists, Halls Walmart, KUB, Team Rascal, Friends for Hope, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, Yabbie’s Crew, Team De-Feeters, Janice’s Joggers and First Volunteer Bank.

The goal of Relay For Life is to raise awareness about cancer. Teams camp out overnight, each with the goal of keeping one person on the track at all times. Since cancer never sleeps, for one night a year, neither do volunteers, survivors and caregivers. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches – in other words, people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship and donations prior to Relay For Life, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors take the first lap. This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops as participants make new friends and spend time with old ones. Highlighting the evening is a Luminaria Ceremony of Hope held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to cancer. The luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

For information about forming a team, making a donation, or volunteering, call 1-800-227-2345  or visit relayforlife.org/northknoxvilleTN.

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