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Relay For Life steps off Saturday

By Staff | Apr 26, 2018

This year’s fund raiser for the American Cancer Society has a new direction, a new name and a new location but its focus is still the same – to raise money for the cause.

The Greater Lee County Relay for Life will take place Saturday at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers.

Running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the relay is an all-day event featuring games, activities, food and drink vendors, live music, and relay races to raise money for local cancer initiatives, including hotel stays and rides to out-of-town cancer treatment visits.

This year, the Relay for Life has expanded from Cape Coral to the entire Greater Lee County area.

“In an effort to bring more funds to the services the American Cancer Society provides several Relays across Florida have been combined. The greater Lee County Relay now includes Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers and Cape Coral,” said Ashley Robbins of the American Cancer Society.

Coming out the gate, the consolidation effort seems to be working – as of Thursday, 45 teams had signed up to take part in the fund-raising effort.

“It’s about double what we had last year,” said Terry Inscoe, community development manager for the American Cancer Society.

Additional teams are still more than welcome.

“We will find room for them,” Inscoe said.

Also welcome is anyone who wants to take part, including all survivors and their families.

“It’s open to the public, everyone who wants to come,” she said. “It’s a free event and we have bands and activities going on all day.”

The Relay for Life will not include any running races this year, but will include a cupcake eating contest, a “get me out of jail” fundraiser game, live music, food, and fun games for kids and families.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to come to this event, and will be given special gifts and honored during the opening ceremony.

A survivor event will be held at noon, with the survivor walk stepping off at 12:30 p.m.

There will also be a luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. to commemorate those who are sick with or have passed from cancer.

Bagpipes will play before a moment of silence as luminaria bags donated by surviving loved ones are lit during the event’s last hour.

Families are also encouraged to attend the free event.

All the money will go toward the American Cancer Society and directed toward local cancer patient initiatives such as patient services and a Hope Lodge where families can stay while loved ones receive treatment.

If you are a business, school, or friend group, you can still sign up to become a team. As a team you receive a space where you can set up a 10×10 tent with a table and decorate to the “Decade” theme this year.

If you would like to donate to the American Cancer Society you can visit www.relayforlife.org/greaterleefl. You may also register your own team and raise money for the funds.

Lakes Regional Park is off at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers.