Luminaries are one of the unique ways participants in Relay for Life programs raise funds for cancer research. They also have become an iconic part of the walk to remember and honor those who have cancer or cancer survivors.
Luminaries for the Rim Country Relay for Life may be purchased for $10 at Macky’s Grill, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, KMOG radio or from any team captain.
Purchasers usually decorate the luminaries with the names of loved ones, and other enhancements. Once decorated, the luminaries are returned to the point of purchase or to Ace Hardware or the Payson Public Library. At the event, the luminaries are placed around the track for an emotional and inspirational event on the track where the names of the survivors and lost loved ones are read aloud.
Rim Country Relay for Life participants are selling luminaria bags to raise funds for the upcoming 12-hour event. The annual Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m., Friday, June 3 and continues until 6 a.m., Saturday, June 4. It takes place at the Payson High School track where individuals and teams walk throughout the night.
Though there are teams, many people come to participate in the event by walking a few laps and purchasing items for sale on the field. Funds from the event go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, as well as in the community to provide educational materials, funding for wigs and college scholarships.
Last year, the Payson Relay for Life raised more than $35,000.
About the college scholarships
The Rim Country Relay for Life is more than a fund-raiser for cancer research and an opportunity to honor those in the fight against cancer, as well as remembering those who lost the battle. The yearly event also raises funds for Payson area programs including the Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program.
One of the ways the money raised in Payson stays in the community is through the scholarship program. For many, the financial impact from their cancer diagnosis has put the opportunity for higher education out of reach. With the opportunity for a Cancer Survivor College Scholarship to help cover the costs of tuition and related expenses, childhood cancer survivors are encouraged to fulfill their dreams and realize their full potential.
This scholarship program is designed exclusively for young cancer survivors. Scholarship funds are awarded each academic year in increments of $2,500. Recipients have a lifetime scholarship limit of $10,000.
For more information or to request a scholarship application, call 1-800-227-2345.
More about Relay for Life:
• Money raised by the Relay for Life benefits Payson area residents through research on a national level. People in Payson benefit from:
• New diagnostic techniques
• New drugs
• Improved equipment
• Better drug availability
• Actions that reduce the risk of contracting cancer
• Lobbying at state and federal levels for improved insurance coverage, healthier food production and healthier living conditions
Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease.
More than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. To learn more about event activities, call Jan Parsons at (928) 978-7606, or go to www. RimRelay.com.