Hey everyone! Your friendly, neighborhood Relayer Lauren here. I cannot believe we are coming up on yet another year of the Relay for Life! 2015 will mark our SIXTH (!) year participating in Salem, New Hampshire’s Relay and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been fortunate enough to have raised over $10,000 over the past five years.
For those who may not know, the Relay for Life is an annual event put on by the American Cancer Society. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Relay. The Relay is currently held in all 50 states, in over 5,200 communities and in more than 20 countries across the globe. One of the wonderful things about Relay is that all money raised within the community stays in the community.
We hold lots of fundraisers both before and at Relay. This year, we partnered with Pampered Chef and were able to raise $200 for our team. We also did a fundraiser with Panera Bread in Manchester. At the Relay itself, we will be doing mini-manicures, hair extensions and haircuts.
One of the most important parts of the Relay (and certainly one of the moments that stays with you long after leaving the track) is the Luminaria lap. Also known as Quiet Hour, the Luminaria lap is an hour-long lap to remember those who we have lost to cancer. During the hour, they turn the lights off on the track and line the lap with Luminaria bags, a white paper bag that has a votive candle lit inside of it. The bags are decorated with photos of loved ones, names and quotes. They also will play a video slideshow of those loved ones and quite, emotional songs.
This year’s Relay is shaping up to be the best one yet. With lap themes such as “Super Heroes”, “Fashion Police”, and “Marga-RELAY-Ville”, it is sure to be another fun event, with everyone dressing up and participating in fun, team-building events such as the three-legged race and tug-of-war.
This year’s Relay for Life will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 20th from 11 AM to 11 PM at Salem High School’s track. It is open to the public and we would love to see you all there! Come on down and join team Artistic Creations Salon’s Cutting for a Cure!