American Cancer Society Relay For Life
This Year the Relay for Life will be on June 1st, 2012 at the West Valley High School outdoor track. Our Mortgage Specialist Kate has formed a Spirit of Alaska FCU team this year and it is something that she is truly devoted to! The Relay is a full 24 Hours! The Relay will start June 1st, 2012 at 6pm and will end June 2nd, 2012 at 6pm. Participants will be at the Relay for the entire time.
Every team is required to have a person walking the track at all times, in Kate's words to her team mates; 'Yes this means ALL-NIGHT! I know this sounds hard, but it is truly a wonderful time and an even more wonderful cause!"
If you are interested in helping Kate raise funds for this great cause that has touched so many lives, please give her a call at 459-5905 or go to www.relayforlife.org to donate online. Follow these simple steps:
- Scroll down and enter "Fairbanks" in the Find Event box and press enter.
- Click on 2012 Relay for Life – Fairbanks.
- Scroll down to the Donate box on the right hand side of the page.
- Click Support a team.
- Enter "Spirit of Alaska FCU and press Go.
- Scroll down and click on Donate Now next to the team name – Spirit of Alaska FCU. Click the team name to see how they're doing!
What Happens at a Relay Event
There are many moments that create the Relay experience. Specific details vary by event. But the key moments that all events share in common are listed below:
Relay starts with a Survivors Lap – an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we've achieved over cancer. We also recognize and celebrate caregivers at Relay For Life. These individuals give their time, love, and support to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who face cancer.
After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.
Fight Back Ceremony
Last, there is a Fight Back Ceremony, where we make a personal commitment to save lives by taking up the fight against cancer. That personal commitment may be to do something as simple as getting a screening test, quitting smoking, or talking to elected officials about cancer. By taking action, people are personally taking steps to save lives and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
History of Relay for Life
One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.
In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.
While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
In 1986, with the help of Pat Flynn – now known as the "Mother of Relay" – 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event on the track at the historic Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield.
National Autism Awareness Month
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
Join the Autism Society in getting involved with the autism community this April.
Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 110 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture - and educate folks on the potential of people with autism! To learn more about the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon visit http://www.autism-society.org/about-us/puzzle-ribbon.html.
About the Alaska Chapter
The Autism Society of America Golden Heart Chapter serves people experiencing Autism in the state of Alaska. The Autism Society of America (ASA) is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services and support. The ASA is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
The Golden Heart Chapter was established in July 2008 and is the only chapter in the state of Alaska. We are part of network of over 150 nationwide chapters. Membership to the Autism Society is open to all. We have a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from across the state who are elected by the members.
To improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
4th Annual Alaska Walk/Run for Autism – Fairbanks
Saturday, April 28, 2012
5K walk/run sponsored by the Autism Society of Alaska is sponsoring the 4th Annual Alaska Walk/Run for Autism in Fairbanks. We are a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by autism.