By Peter Becker
LAKE REGION - Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region, an annual 24-hour rally in support of the American Cancer Society, takes place this weekend at the Wallenpaupack Area High School track.
Teams and individuals will be walking or running around the track from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18 to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, around the clock. With many activities and events scheduled, the event raises money for cancer research and needs of cancer patients, and boosts hope as the community bonds together against and in despite of this common scourge.
Here is the schedule of events; the public is welcome at any time.
8 a.m.- 10 a.m. Event set up
10 a.m. Ribbon cutting at the track. Each team is to have at least one member on the track.
10 a.m. -12 noon Registration. Luminaria and mission tables will be in operation.
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Survivor VIP tent will be open for survivors' respite, camaraderie and respite.
10:30 a.m. Scavenger Hunt. Meet at the mission table.
11 a.m. Road to Recovery Race. Meet at the mission table.
12 noon Opening Ceremony: Welcome from the chairperson, pledge of allegiance led by Brownie Troop; National Anthem; recognition of teams
4 p.m. Fight Back Ceremony.
6 p.m. Survivors Lap. Upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors and their caregivers at the event take a victory lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.
8:30 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony at the bleachers. The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past.
Attendees will be called to the track to light their luminary bags. When there is no longer movement on the track, please light any unattended luminaria near you. Please extinguish the tapers as soon as the luminaria are all glowing to prevent damage to the track.
9:30 p.m. Floating Luminaria, launched by committee members. Watch from the field or bleachers.
Midnight- 8 a.m. Walking and movies on the field.
8 a.m. Captain Meeting inside school.
9 a.m. Sunrise Service at the bleachers.
9:30 a.m. Closing ceremony at the bleachers.
According to the web site for the event, there are 25 teams participating, and so far they have raised $28,234.58. There are 220 participants.
Team names and their captains include: Dime Bank, Joseph W. Posdon III; When You Wish Upon a Cure, Donna M. Feely; Team Life is Good, Arlene Smith; School House Rockers, Eloise I. Riesle; Fairview Lake Rappers, Margaret Valenta; Pink Posse, Denise L. Brice; Top Notch-Believe, Carolyn M. Siepiela; WAHOO, Amanda Cyksosky MEd; Ehrhardts Waterfront Resort, Daun Ciccone; Paupack Parents, Eva & Gibson D. Warner; Southern Belles, Tammy J. Lavoy; Pink Berets, Jeanette Liddy; Wallenpaupack Student Council, Heather L. Cole; Little Bobbers, Kinzey E. Brice; Fine Food & Fitness Fights Cancer, Gina Lecce; TNCA Transformers, Ginger Errickson; Great Balls of Fire!, Jodi L. Oakley; Mission Possible, Christine I. Gross; The Troopers, Catherine Lane; Spirit Leaders, Carlie L. Muehlbauer; WAMS Good Guys, Tara K. Winagle; Sculpted Ice Works, Kristen A. Johnson; CrossFit 570, James Staffaroni; Kids Fighting Cancer, Stephanie A. Westgate MA; Cancer Sucks!, Lauren Christiansen.
Each team is in friendly competition, as they march for the goals. The web site also shows how they are doing in fund-raising. The list of teams are in order of amounts raised. Dime Bank was on top, with $3,187.
Other Relay for Life events in the region include:
Delaware Valley High School, near Milford- June 1
Mid Valley High School, Throop - June 8
Middle Smithfield Elementary, East Stroudsburg - June 8
East Stroudsburg University- June 16
How to help
Donations may be sent to Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region, American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. Donations for individual teams may be made online.
For more information about Relay for Life, visit online at www.relayforlife.org/pagreaterlakeregion or http://relay.acsevents.org.
Information about the American Cancer Society as well as about cancer is available at www.cancer.org or by calling toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-800-227-2345.