DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
BURNET — Cancer doesn’t sleep, and those battling it never get a break, so community members are gathering April 12 at Bulldog Stadium to remember those two facts and, hopefully, make a difference.
“What we’d love to have is the entire community come out and support the survivors and the teams,” said Tana Aiken, an organizer for Relay for Life of Burnet & Marble Falls. “You don’t have to be a member of a team. Just come out and see what this is all about.”
The Relay starts at 6 p.m. with the survivors gathering at the Burnet High School gym, 1000 The Green Mile. Then the group heads to Bulldog Stadium, where they will take the first lap of the evening.
“After the Survivors’ Lap, the caregivers will take a lap followed by the teams. Then we just keep going through the night,” Aiken said.
Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. Communities across the country host the events at which people form teams and then take to tracks or walking paths. Each team keeps at least one person on the track for the duration of the event to signify that cancer never sleeps and individuals fighting the disease don’t get a break.
Aiken said Relay is about celebrating and supporting cancer survivors.
“The event is designed to be fun,” she said. “We’ll have live music and games going throughout the Relay.”
But, she added, there is a time when people remember those who fought cancer but didn’t win. Just after dark, about 9:15 p.m., the music goes quiet, the lights go down and only flickering luminaries illuminate the track. On each bag, the name of a person who died because of cancer reminds everybody the battle against this dreaded disease isn’t over.
Once the ceremony is finished, the lights come back up and the fun begins again.
The Relay is only a part of the efforts to celebrate cancer survivors in Burnet and Marble Falls.
On April 15, organizers are hosting the Survivors’ Dinner at the Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Aiken said they have lined up musical performances, and the River City Grille is catering the event.
For more information on Relay or the Survivors’ Dinner, contact Aiken at (830) 285-0861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.