Lots of Drop-Outs, Cold Weather Make For Truncated Event
Participants set up the overnight tents in preparation for the opening festivities. The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life was held at Beach Channel High School on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, under chilly skies and the threat of rainstorms.
This year's event proved to be much smaller than its predecessors, with only a dozen teams and an estimated 200 people participating in an event that once drew dozens of teams and hundreds of walkers.
|The Survivors Lap is always the most evocative of the event and leads off the relay. The luminaries, dedicated both to cancer survivors and victims, lined up on the concrete stands at BCHS. After dark, the luminaries were lit, making for a touching spectacle. Victoria Backus, a Nurse Practitioner from Peninsula Hospital Center and the captain of the "Victoria's Secret" team, signs up for her luminaries. A number of volunteers from Peninsula Hospital Center set up the luminaries. The Stepper's Support Group begins their walk. Sarah's Warriors honors long-time civic activist Sarah Colson, who died of cancer two years ago. The Graybeards also took part in the relay. The Victoria's Secret team. This elderly participant shows just how cold it was on the football field as it got dark on Saturday night. Jerry's Plumbologists team included many children. The Residents of Pleasantville team, including Wave columnist Erin Baumann. |