Relay for Life returns Saturday
June 4, 2010
UPDATED — 3 p.m. June 4, 2010
The Issaquah Relay for Life is Saturday and Sunday with teams walking around the track for an 18-hour period.
“The 18 hours represents the typical period of cancer treatment where patients frequently have sleepless nights,” co-chair Stacy Strickland explained.
Last year, 80 teams participated, with about 60 percent of those high school and middle school students. They raked in $220,000.
“So many have been touched by cancer, but the bad economic times don’t care about cancer,” she said. “So, it’s so refreshing to see how many still provide donations.”
While a member of each team must be walking the track at all times, everyone in the community is invited to walk the opening Survivor Lap.
Activities throughout the day keep spirits high — a DJ from Action Entertainment spins tunes, giving way now and then for karaoke. There are fruit-eating contests, a silent auction and a hair “cutathon.”
But the evening’s highlight is usually the Luminary Ceremony. Participants share tales of how cancer has affected them or their family. Personalized paper bags, dedicated to a family member or friend touched by cancer, surround the track and a candle is lit inside in their memory.
This will be the second year the event is at Skyline High School while Issaquah High School is under renovation.