It has been a little bit since I popped in and thought I should recap the Relay event.
Relay for Life of East Orange was extremely successful and a great time was had by all! We raised somewhere around $20,000 for cancer research and awareness. I most certainly would NOT have been able to pull it off without the help of my committee.
The event kicked off at 6:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies. As the event chair I explained why we relay for 18 hours and of course as I read I almost cried. It is a very touching experience. The night went on and everything was fabulous. The only slip up was when some of the sprinklers went off (after it had already been arranged for them to shut off) on the football field. Luckily, our head football coach was in attendance and knew where to pull the plug. Some of the kids really seemed to enjoy it :)
At about 9:00 p.m. the luminaria ceremony started. This ceremony honors people who have had cancer, survived it, or succumbed to it. It is a very somber moment. It was even more touching because a local middle school student and his mother spoke about when he was diagnosed at the age of 4 with neuroblastoma. He read a letter that he wrote to cancer. It was very sad, but also extremely happy in that he has beaten the disease.
Our event went through the night and wrap up at about 10:00 a.m. Throughout the night, things died down a little, but there were always people on the track :) It was an extremely wonderful event and I am honored that I could be a part of something like this!
Here are a few pictures from our event!