Nassau County, FL – Captains of the Fernandina Beach/Yulee Relay for Life teams are meeting on a regular basis in preparation of this year’s event at Yulee High School, held April 5, 2014. Relay for Life brings men, women and children together for an overnight gathering of celebration and remembrance. It raises funds for the fight against cancer; a disease that will affect one in three Americans in their lifetime.
Themed “Cancer Takes a Holiday”, Relay for Life teams creatively interpret the theme to come up with costumes, slogans and related fund raisers to help send cancer on its way so we can all celebrate more birthdays! Did you know one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support? Relay for Life helps fund programs and services in our community to help them get well.
Local Yulee student, Hope Kienle, is a survivor. She met with the committee for Relay for Life and said, “Be an organ donor!” She has had a transplant, and transplant survivors are susceptible to different types of cancer, and she has survived more than her share of battles. A diagnosis of lymphoma in her lung she stood strong for another two years of monthly treatments and chemotherapy. Hope no longer has lymphoma. “I’m a cancer survivor,” said Hope, “I want to help others.” In 2012, Hope wear a purple cape in our community’s Relay for Life event and was known as the Super Survivor.
Amy Kienle, Hope’s mom said, “It is emotional to connect with other families and I have a success story, not out of the woods yet, but she’s a tough cookie.”
Hope laughed and added, “Whether it’s a dodge ball or a needle.”
Relay for Life celebrates survivors like Hope. The first lap of the relay is for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, whether currently undergoing treatment or in remission for 50 years. After dusk, the Luminaria Ceremony remembers all of those who battled cancer. Candles surround the track with bags marked with the names of those still fighting, those who won the battle, and those we have lost.
Local businesses, schools, churches and families are all invited to create a team and join us for camaraderie, food, music and entertainment, under the starts, while team members take turns walking on the track… because cancer never sleeps.
The next team meeting for Relay for Life will be held at the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s community room, located on Lime Street on March 19th at 6:00 pm. Relay for Life will begin at noon, on April 5, 2014.
If you would like more information, put together a team, or become a corporate sponsor for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Fernandina Beach/Yulee, please call Melanie at (904) 391-3643 or visit RelayForLife.org. You may also email Melanie at Melanie.Overkrom@cancer.org.