(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2014)
What makes a Super Hero? This is the question asked by Relay for Life this year as events around the country will focus on a Super Hero theme for their gigantic fundraisers that raise money to fight cancer.
Relay for Life Ferndale is a 24 hour walk that starts at 10am on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Ferndale High School. Teams form to raise money, then they all get together for a day of both fun and somber remembrance. Survivors are celebrated. Caregivers are honored. Loved ones lost are commemorated. Life and community are enjoyed.
Organizers held their kick-off party last week at Ferndale High School’s Media Center, with people talking about the American Cancer Society and teams showing off tables of Super Hero-themed displays.
Mary Beth Lunemann Traines is on Team OrchSupport, made up mainly of young musicians and parents. “We’ve won best site for the last two years! Whoop! Last year we had a working light house,” Lunemann Traines said. “Honestly, I began doing Relay because it is just plain fun. You get to hang out with friends, meet people, walk the track, buy great food. They have entertainment come in. It’s like a 24 hour small town fair.
“Then, the cause catches your heart. You see the survivors walk their special lap, some are being pushed in wheel chairs, some have no hair, one girl was walking on a prosthetic leg. Some are jogging! This is why we Relay – so they can walk the track. For years to come. So others will never know what a “Survivor Lap” means. For my children to think of cancer the way we think of polio today.”
Lunemann Traines volunteers in Team Development. Anyone with questions about Relay – such as how to form a team, how to donate, etc. – can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Facebook page for Relay for Life Ferndale is https://www.facebook.com/ferndalerelayforlife. The website is http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14LS?pg=entry&fr_id=59453.