LET'S DO THIS
What: Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region
When: 10 a.m. May 19- 10 a.m. May 20
Where: Wallenpaupack Area High School Athletic Track
Why: Raise hope, donate, honor those afflicted with cancer
Info: 570-562-9749; http://main.acsevents.org/site/PageServer

HAWLEY AREA - The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region continues its mission of raising hope, giving thanks, bringing comfort and raising needed funds for cancer research.

The annual 24-hour event, open to the public, is set for from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 to 10 a.m., Sunday, May 20, at the Wallenpaupack Area High School athletic track.

A proclamation was signed in advance by Mayor Kevin Hawk of Hawley and Mayor Sarah Canfield of Honesdale, designating May 2018 as Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region Month. Participation by the citizens of their respective towns is encouraged.

There had been separate Relay for Life events in the Hawley and Honesdale area, until the Honesdale Relay was merged with the Greater Lake Region event in 2010.

Signature event

Maggie Bova is the chairperson for the 2018 Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region.
As noted on the proclamation, Really for Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and honors cancer survivors. anyone ever diagnosed with cancer, and remembers those lost to the disease.

Funds raised by the teams and individual donations helps support research, education, advocacy and patient services.

Each year, Relay for Life nationwide helps fund in excess of $400 million for research and provides free information and services to cancer patients and caregivers.

The Greater Lake region event has over 21 teams with over 116 registered participants. As of May 4th they had raised over $15,049.25. Their goal is to raise $50,000 by May 19.

The teams include: Troy’s Tribe, Fine Food & Fitness Fights, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, The Dime Bank, European Fighters, School House Rockers, Orange Berets #TeamSweeney, The Knockout Club, Paupack Parents, Little Pinky, Jean’s Team, Fairview Friends Fighting Cancer, WAMS Good Guys, Forever Hope, The Hawley Intention, The Zebras, The WINS Life Savers, Team Believe, Purple Kangaroos, and FCCLA.

The Dime Bank is sponsoring the 2018 Relay.

Special events

In support of this event, volunteers have put out purple ribbons on trees in Hawley. On May 12, they plan to tie purple balloons all the way down Main Street in Honesdale.

Other special events supporting the event that are planned before May 19th include:

Donation “feet” cards in honor or in memory of, are available at Chyle Cuts, Trackside Grill, Uptown Shell and Pauley’s Hotdogs in Honesdale and most stores decorated in purple in Hawley.  May 12- Dessin Animal Shelter will have a flower sale in the Pavillon in Honesdale and the Wayne County Art Alliance will have exhibits throughout town. May 12- B Madigan in Hawley will have purple Relay For Life glass ornament honoring the walkers. May 12- A table will be on Main Street in both towns with information and Luminaria bags ($10). May 12- Irving Cliff Brewery’s “Paints the Town Purple” supports Relay For Life with an event T shirt, Purple Growlers (beer) and a hike to the Irving Cliff. After party starts at 6. May 12- Stourbridge Line will make a donation to Relay for every paid train passenger • wearing purple on the 1 p.m. excursion. May 13- European Fighters coin drop at Lake Region IGA, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the Relay, on July 14, Lake Region Fitness at the Hawley Silk Mill will be hosting a “Spin-a-Thon.”

All may attend

There is no charge to attend the Greater Lake Region Relay for Life. Come and watch or participate in walking around the track in honor of one’s own cancer victory or that of a loved one, to proclaim hope in the midst of a cancer battle, or to reflect on the memory of someone lost to the disease.

On Saturday, May 19, the ribbon is cut and torch will be lit at 10 a.m. The Opening Ceremony is at noon.

Team members continue to take turns walking until 10 a.m. Sunday.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday there will be a caregivers and survivors dinner, which is free to any cancer survivor and their caregiver who would like to attend.

The Survivor/Caregiver Walk steps off at 7:30 p.m.

As dusk settles in, the Luminaria Ceremony occurs at 8:30 p.m.

This ceremony is a solemn time as candles are lit in memory of those whose outcome was different, in honor of those battles the survivors struggled, and in support of those undergoing treatment. It is an opportunity for everyone affected by cancer to find comradarie and solace.

Luminaria may be ordered online, obtained at the events on May 12th (see above) or at the May 19th Relay.

On Sunday, May 20, a Closing Ceremony takes place at 9:30 a.m.

For more information

Read more about the American Cancer Society, as well as this any other Relay for Life events, at http://main.acsevents.org/site/PageServer. Search for Relay for Life events; enter the zip code 18428 and click Relay for Life Greater Lake Region. Donations may be made online.

Information about the Greater Lake Region events is available by contacting Cindy Delaney at cindy.delaney@cancer.org or call 570-562-9749.

For more information about cancer and the American Cancer Society, call anytime day or night at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.