Relay for Life celebrates those that have survived cancer and honors loved ones loss to cancer. Beck Breaux, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, gave us some information about this event and how we can get involved to support survivors and fund research to fight cancer.
How has this event changed since it begun?
Relay for Life of Terrebonne Parish has evolved over the past twenty plus years. It started from an overnight relay event where participants walked the track throughout the night signifying they were walking the same journey as a cancer patient. It is now a festival style event with lots of activities, live music, games, delicious food, and a celebration of cancer survivors. The community comes together to honor survivors and remember loved ones who have lost their battle. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society to continue the research that helps find cures and lessens the ill effects of cancer.
Do the funds raised stay local, or does it benefit the national organization?
The funds raised at a Relay for Life event are for the American Cancer Society to fulfill the mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer.
Local cancer patients can benefit from the 24/7 National Cancer Information Center by calling 1-800-227-2345. If receiving treatment in the New Orleans area they can benefit from free lodging at the Hope Lodge.
Cancer patients in Terrebonne Parish can visit the Cancer Resource Center located at Chabert Medical Center to receive wigs, patient services, and assistance with a variety of other services.
If someone wants to join a team, is there a way to find out what other teams have registered?
The public is invited to join Relay for Life. Start by visiting the event website at www.relayforlife.org/terrebonnela where you can find a list of sponsors and registered teams. Anyone can join an existing team or create their own team to participate.