Legislative Column from Assemblyman Bob Oaks-“Relay For Life”

May 17, 2007

As your state Assemblyman, I am invited to attend numerous events and activities. Each is important in shaping everyday life in our individual communities and throughout Wayne County. On Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, I will be taking part in one of these special occasions when the 10th Annual “Relay for Life” is held in Palmyra at the Wayne County Fair Grounds.

“Relay for Life” is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and similar events are held each year throughout the United States. They raise money to fight cancer, while honoring those individuals who have survived cancer and remembering those who have been lost to cancer.

I took part in Wayne County’s first “Relay for Life” in 1998 and have walked in many of the relays over the past decade. I would encourage everyone to consider participating in some way this year. You can do this by:

  1. Putting together a team of three or more people to walk around the ½ mile track during the event on June 1-2.
  2. Attending the opening ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and the Survivors’ Lap at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2007. You will be able to join in celebrating all those who have survived cancer, as they walk together around the track.
  3. Watching the “Luminaria Ceremony” at 10:00 p.m., when the entire track and grandstand area will be illuminated, remembering those lost to cancer and honoring those who have survived.
  4. Supporting the “Relay for Life” even if you can’t attend. You can buy a luminary, sponsor a team, or make a donation. You can call Robin Ferrin at the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 or e-mail her at Robin.Ferrin@cancer.org for complete information.

The “Relay for Life” program is also filled with fun activities, such as: a scavenger hunt, midnight madness laps, pajama laps, and a morning stretch. Food is available and additional activities are planned for those who attend.

I can assure you, from my past experience, that you will not be disappointed if you take part in the “Relay for Life,” even if it’s for a short time. This is one more event that brings people from different walks of life together in Wayne County and helps define who we are. At the same time, it is an opportunity to help others by raising important funds to help fight cancer and providing support to families who are dealing with cancer.