In the United States, cancer is considered the second most common cause of death, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer consists of more than 100 diseases, and it begins when abnormal cells start growing without control. Relay for Life is an event in which communities throughout the word raise awareness and come together to raise money toward finding a cure for cancer.
The Outer Banks community is proud to participate in Relay for Life, which includes an annual event. In 2011, Dare County was the number one participant in the United States per capita. Annually, Dare County continues to be one of the top contributors per capita in the United States for giving for Relay for Life.
This year, Relay for Life of Dare County will take place from May 18-19 at First Flight High School. The event starts at 12 p.m.
Community members honor those who have survived cancer, remember loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer, and fight this disease. The event includes a fundraising walk and live entertainment as well as food, games, and activities. This year will also include a bake sale, raffles, face painting, and cupcake decorating.
The Opening Ceremony is the official start to the event. In the Survivors Lap, music plays while the survivors make the first lap around the track. Other participants help celebrate their victory. In the Team Banner Lap at 3:30 p.m., each participating team can march behind their banners. During the Luminaria Ceremony, community members remember loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer and honor and support those who have been battling against it. The candles will be lit in personalized bags, and they will be located around the track. The Closing Ceremony remembers the lives that have been lost and honors Relay for Life participants for their contributions to fight the disease.
The Annual Cupcake 5K will take place for the third time, and it will also be at First Flight High School. The race is focused on a world with more birthdays and is focused on fighting cancer. Participants can run in honor or in memory of loved ones by wearing dedication tags with their names. The event starts on May 19 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration for the event is required. If the event is not sold out, on-site registration will be available.
This year VBL Technologies and its internet marketing subsidiary Paveya will be participating as the team “Techs for a Cure”. We are pleased to have the following corporate sponsors, including Carolina Designs, Johnson Burgess Mizelle and Straub, BD&A, Villas at Corolla Bay, Resort Realty, Elan Vacations and Artistic Elegance Spa and Salon. For each of these sponsors the Techs for a Cure team will walk the track with the name of the sponsor prominently featured. Subsequently, for the rest of the year, each of these companies’ websites will be featured on our Paveya website and will receive the benefit of our extensive search engine optimization strategy for their website.
Team members will also be staffing a food tent offering curried chicken and fried rice available for $5 a plate and drinks for $1. All proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life.
We want to thank our corporate sponsors and everyone in the Outer Banks community for their continued support of this important cause. We will look forward to seeing you there.
You may also continue to donate Relay for Life through August 2013.