Relay for Life July 20-21 at PK Park in Eugene benefits American Cancer Society
EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene-Springfield Relay for Life is Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at PK Park.
The event begins at noon Friday and continues through 10 a.m. Saturday.
The event aims to raise more than a half million dollars to fund cancer research and patient care programs.
It's free to participate, and you can register to walk the day of the event.
LEARN MORE | KVAL Relay for Life Team
Funds raised by teams benefit the American Cancer Society, which funds cancer research at the University of Oregon. Money also benefits the Road to Recovery Program, which provides transportation to doctor appointments as well as items like wigs, hats and scarves to cancer patients.
So far this year, the local Road To Recovery program has given 643 rides to 113 different cancer patients in Lane County.
KVAL News will take part in the 2018 relay.
Relay Begins (Friday - Noon)
Time to get started! Join us as Relay begins and Teams take to the track! (Gates open at 10am for Teams to setup)
Opening Ceremony (Friday - 6:30pm)
We kick off the event by honoring everyone who's been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year's Relay season.
Survivor/Caregiver Walk (Friday - following Opening)
Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn't matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.
Fight Back Ceremony (Friday - 9:00pm)
Lets take the fight to Cancer. Join us for the Fight Back Ceremony led by Kathy Ottele & Audrey Miller.
Luminaria Ceremony (Friday - 9:40pm)
Luminaria Lap (Friday - 10:00pm)
During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It's a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.
Closing Ceremony (Saturday - 10am)
Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It's a time to celebrate what we've accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.
PAST COVERAGE | Relay for Life 2018