The American Cancer Society celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their battle with cancer in an event called the Relay for Life.  From its inception, the Relay for Life has been the American Cancer Society's Signature Activity, which communities have embraced.  This event offers cancer survivors the opportunity to share their experiences with others and to become part of a special group-those who have beaten cancer.  Participants form teams of 8-15 people, taking turns on the track walking or running in shifts.  Teams are organized by friends, relatives, local businesses, hospitals, schools, churches, and other organizations.  Each team is asked to keep at least one member on the track at all times.  The luminary ceremony is another highlight of the event.  The ceremony is held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost their battle against cancer.  These luminaries line the track and are left burning through out the night remind participants of the incredible importance of their contribution.  It also provides families who have lost a loved one to cancer a place to grieve and to begin the healing process surrounded by friends both old and new.

The Relay motto is "It's about being a community that takes up the fight" and fight is just what Jones County and Trenton United Methodist Church are doing.  With a small membership our church has been very involved in the Relay for many years.  We have had from 2 to 3 teams every year raising thousands of dollars in our fight against cancer.

The Relay is about love, It's about hope
It's about living a miracle and learning to cope,
It's about being a community that takes up the fight,
It's about finding a cure for cancer--
It's the Relay for Life!

More information can be found at the following sources:

American Cancer Society

Relay for Life

Last updated 7-15-2007