The Lake Breeze Newspaper

Volume #98, Issue #8

Lake Breeze Newspaper

Andrew Becker, Web Edition Editor

April 26, 2013

South Joins Relay For Life

Story by: Courtney Roszak

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,638,910 new cancer cases were discovered last year, 31,920 cases were in Wisconsin. There was an estimated 577,190 deaths last year due to cancer, 11,240 deaths were in Wisconsin.
Cancer is often described as the plague of the generation, with over 1,000,000 new cases every year. Relay for Life is one of many organizations that raise money in the hopes of finding a cure and spreading awareness.
On Friday, May 10 Relay for Life will be coming to South High. Students, teachers and community members all have the opportunity to join a team and take to the track from 4 p.m. to midnight to help raise money to find a cure.
Relay for Life is a community wide program that is by sponsored the American Cancer Society to raise funds, support, and raise awareness for those suffering with cancer, those that have lost a loved one due to cancer and those that care for people with cancer according to National Honor Society Advisor Wade Heinen.
Heinen along with Be the Change advisor Kevin Formolo and guidance counselor Erin Wood are teaming up with National Honor Society and Be the Change members to host South Highs Relay for Life.
As of Tuesday, April 16, South’s Relay for Life has a total of _______ teams with _____ participants and has raised ______.
“The primary event is when team members walk around the track,” commented National Honor Society and Be the Change member Stuart Schmidt.
At the start of the event the first lap is usually referred to as the survivor lap. It is a special lap to remember and participate in.
Those who have survived or are battling cancer, or have passed away due to cancer. Participants can also purchase and customize a luminary for five dollars.
A luminary is a white bag with a little candle in it that can be personalized for a victim of cancer.
Later that night, organizers go and set the luminaries around the track and light the candles.
“I have participated in a Relay for Life. What was eye opening for me was vast support network that is in place for those with cancer. It was extremely heartwarming to know that I was doing a little part to help,” said Heinen
Those wishing to be a part of a Relay for Life team can sign up until May 10, and must pay a cost of ten dollars to participate.
“Everyone has some connection to someone who has battled cancer. Relay for Life is both a very powerful and emotional event to participate in,” stated Wood.

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