Relay For Life is this weekend

Relay For Life is this weekendIf you were wondering what the purple ribbons are up and down the streets of Ridgecrest, that is your Relay For Life Committee “painting the town purple.” The color purple is the official color of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and it is a general cancer awareness color.

“The goal of the committee hanging ribbons was to raise awareness of the event and hopefully get people to ask questions,” said Relay Chair Flo Bombella. Several people from the committee took their ribbons and walked up and down the streets of Ridgecrest to tie them.

This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life is this Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cerro Coso Community College Track. The Survivor Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony at 9 and the Survivor lap at 9:15. There are food, entertainment, raffles and more available, and the best part is that all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research. The event lasts 24 hours, and anyone is welcome to come walk on the track to show support.

At 8 p.m. the Luminaria Ceremony will begin. This touching ceremony allows people to pay tribute to loved ones and friends who have lost their battle to cancer, who are currently fighting or who have overcome the disease. Everyone gathers and walks around the track silently with the lights off and the luminaria bags lit.

To wrap up the event, there will be a Fight Back Ceremony at 8:30 a.m., with the final lap at 9 a.m.

“Please come out and help us fight back against cancer and make a world with more birthdays!” said a spokesperson.

“A small group of thoughtful people can change the world… indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Story First Published: 2012-10-03