They're Off - Relay for Life, Winchester, VA - 2012

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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And, there off!  The annual Relay for Life has started at James Wood High School in Winchester, VA.  The annual events draws teams from the area and beyond to support the American Cancer Society. 

This year's event includes 1141 participants, 72 teams and has raised $217,078 Relay for Lifedollars.  The team, W.I.N.G.S., came in first with their fund-raising at $30,492.00.  This team is a real estate client of mine, and they have passion for this event. 

The Relay for Life is a overnight event where teams camp out and around a track.  Teams members take turns walking the track.  There is entertainment throughout the night.  Food is provided throughout the night.  The event begins with the Survivors Lap.  During that lap, cancer survivors join other survivors to walk that first lap together.  It's an inspirational moment. 

When it gets dark, there is the Luminaria Ceremony where people who have been touched by cancer, and in honor of those who lost their battle with cancer, are remembered.  Bags with candles illuminate the track.  Photos are attached to bags to represent those who are being remembered.  This lap is walked in complete silence.

The final event of the night is the Fight Back Ceremony.  This is a time to make a commitment to take action.  It may mean making a commitment to stop smoking, speak to an elected official about cancer and what can be done to help fight it or simply getting more involved in the fight through events like the Relay for Life. 

It's a great event in the Winchester, VA, area, and every year the community comes together to encourage the participants in a myriad of ways.  Won't you consider getting involved in your community?

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Mark Delgado
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What a great event for the cimmunity to come together for a great cause. How did this even get started? I imagine that it must have evolved into its current form.
June 15, 2012 09:00 PM
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Mike. This is very different than I thought it would be. How awesome this event is.  The money raised, the spirit triggered, and oh the spectacle of it all.

June 16, 2012 03:35 AM
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Mike.  What a wonderful event.  Thanks for sharing.

June 16, 2012 03:54 AM
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James Dray
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Good morning Mike such a worthy cause.  Tell me sir do you think they will find a cure in this lifetime?  I certainly hope so

June 16, 2012 04:00 AM
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Mike Cooper
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It's always a great event locally, David.  It would be hard to find someone who hasn't be touched by cancer. 

Mark, it was started in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington by a physician, Dr Gordon Klatt.  He wanted to honor his patients through a 24 hour event, and it has been going on every since.  It takes place in 21 countries today. 

It is pretty exciting, Sheila.  A lot of emotion and inspiration. 

Absolutely, Conrad. 

I do hope so, James.  That would be wonderful. 

June 16, 2012 04:41 AM
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