Relay for Life of Franklin County
About This Event
Welcome to the Relay For Life Community! We Celebrate our Survivors, Remember those we have lost, and Fight Back as a community to end cancer. As a Relayer, we want to share some details to make your first Relay experience the best possible.
What Is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is the world’s largest volunteer-based fundraising event. For more then 36 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. We strive to make this event as safe as possible and will follow local COVID related guidelines.
At Relay For Life you’ll find community members taking turns walking around a track lined with luminaria bags. You’ll have the opportunity to cheer for local survivors (or participate as a survivor) in our first lap of the day. Caregivers of cancer patients (currently or previously diagnosed) will then be invited to join the Survivors. Local entertainers will keep you energized. As it gets dark, we will light the luminaria bags surrounding the track in a memorable luminaria ceremony. There will be opportunities to fundraise & fight back!
What does the American Cancer Society do?
The American Cancer Society is a volunteer driven, staff supported 501C-3 non-profit organization with the mission statement to “Save Lives, Celebrate Lives & Lead the Fight for a World Without Cancer.” With over 1.5 million volunteers nationwide, the ACS attacks cancer from every angle through cancer research, education, advocacy and family services. Find out more by visiting cancer.org or calling 1.800.227.2345.
- $5B invested in research since 1946
- 3.2M patients served in the last decade
- 16.9M cancer survivors alive today
- 1M+ cancer screenings in underserved communities
What Are The Basics I Need To Know?
- Our Relay For Life runs from (time and location information soon).
- Food will be available for purchase throughout the entire event. (details coming soon)
- Upon arrival, follow the direction signs and drive slowly to a parking spot.
- Schedule of activities is available below.
Celebrate – Cancer Survivors
We kick off our Relay by celebrating our local cancer survivors. We encourage you to invite friends and family currently living with cancer or survivors to attend and join in the celebration.
All attendees of the event are asked to line the track during the survivor lap and cheer on our survivors.
Pro tip: Bring noise makers, pom-poms, anything you bring to a pep rally to cheer those survivors on!
SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER DINNER begins at 4:30 PM
Line up for Photo at 5:30 PM
Opening Ceremonies at 5:45 PM
Survivors’ Lap at 6:00 PM – Please contact Bridget LaGue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ll need to ride in a car for the lap.
Celebrate – Caregivers
After the Survivor Lap, caregivers are invited to join the survivors. A caregiver is a friend or family member that helped a person with cancer, regardless if they are still with us. It may even be a healthcare worker.
Attendees are again asked to line the track and cheer for our caregivers!
Remember – Luminaria Ceremony
We will take time to remember those we have lost to cancer and reflect on the journey of those who have survived.
As the sun sets, Relay teams help light pre-made luminaria bags that are dedicated in honor or in memory of a loved one.
If you would like to make a donation or fundraising with luminaria – you can do so here. Online sales will be not be available after June 8th.
LUMINARIA CEREMONY will be held at 9:00 PM
We come together as a community to fight back against cancer. Invite your family and friends to attend the event and support you and your fellow Relayers fundraising efforts.
Commit to finding ways to fight back against cancer.
Event Check list
- Umbrella (Relay is rain or shine)
- Extra Clothes
- Comfortable Shoes & Extra Shoes
- Cash for shopping.
Camp Site Items
- Pop up Tent (10X10) with weights to hold it down.
- Table to Set Up Your Supplies
- Camping Chairs
- Garbage Bags
- Cash Box/Money Collection Envelope
- Plastic Bins to Carry Supplies (Cardboard boxes are not fun if they get wet)
- Laminated Signage for your Tent (Paper signs are not fun if they get wet)
- Start Up Change
- ACS Fundraising App Downloaded
- Portable Cell Phone Chargers
- Onsite Fundraising – Click here for ideas (optional)
- Decorations for camp site theme (optional)
What Not to Bring
- Tobacco & Alcohol
- Pets (Aside from Service Animals)
Campsite Selection & Setup
- Details on how campsite location is determined coming soon
- Campsite map coming soon
- Coming soon:
- Details on when you can start setup of campsite
- Details on when campsites must be taken down and cleaned up.
- Any restrictions for campsites and any safety equipment required.
Schedule of Events
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a run?
No, Relay For Life is a community based walk event. While your event may have opportunities to run the track, we encourage teams to take turns walking the track.
What do I need to bring with me to the walk?
Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Please bring any donations you have to turn in. Strollers, wagons, walkers and wheelchairs are all welcome on the walk. Don’t forget to wear your Relay Purple!
Where do I park? Is there a parking fee? Is there handicap parking available?
Details about parking coming soon.
Do I need to register or check-in when I get there?
We ask that everyone stops and checks in as we cannot wait to meet you all!
Opening and closing time of the check-in tent coming soon.
Are animals permitted?
Only properly documented service dogs are allowed at the event.
I have money to turn in, where do I take it?
Checks can be deposited via our mobile app. Download the app to deposit checks here.
Before and after the event, money can be mailed to PO Box 280285, East Hartford, CT 06128. Please include the event code LWALXM on note line of check and a note indicating who to credit for the donation.
All money day of the walk can be turned in at the registration tables. Please have it in a sealed envelope. Envelopes will be available for pick up at registration if you need one to fill out.
Do I receive a t-shirt for my registration?
T-shirts are available to Hope Club members, who raise a minimum of $100. Hope Club members will receive an email with a link to order their Hope Club T-Shirt within 2 weeks of qualifying.
Do I receive a t-shirt if I am a Cancer Survivor?
Yes! Cancer Survivors that register online will receive an email with a link to redeem their survivor t-shirt to be shipped directly to them. There is no fundraising requirement for Survivor Shirts.
Are there fundraising incentives?
Yes, Hope Club members receive a T-shirt. We also have fundraising clubs, with gifts, for Grand Club Members at $1,000 raised and for All Stars at $2,500 raised.
Fundraisers also receive 1 Relay Reward point for every dollar raised. You can track your points and redeem rewards (starting at 250 points) by visiting shoprelayrewards.org.
Are there other ways to earn Relay Rewards?
Fundraising best practices – earn up to 50 bonus points by taking the following actions:
Making a personal donation to your page = 10 points
Sending an email(s) through your dashboard = 15 points
Downloading and accepting a donation through the ACS Fundraising App = 25 points
I would like some Relay For Life merchandise, how do I purchase it?
Relay For Life merchandise is available for sale on our online store. You can scroll all the way to the bottom of this page for the link or visit acseventstore.org.
Will there be food available?
More details coming soon.
Where do volunteers that are helping with the event check in?
More details coming soon.
What do you have on-site for cancer survivors?
More details coming soon.