Report by Paula Antolini, May 15, 2021, 7:52AM EDT
The Relay For Life of Greater Danbury event is May 15, 2021, at 6 to 10PM at the Bethel High School.
The Relay For Life movement is dedicated to helping communities attack cancer. Through funds donated, time given, or awareness raised, our communities are teaming up – virtually or in person – to make a difference. When we rally together in the fight against cancer, we can accomplish anything.
Whether your Relay event is in-person, drive-by, or virtual, you’ll see Luminaria – homemade paper lanterns – decorated with the names of loved ones. Each Luminaria is in honor or remembrance of a life touched by cancer, accompanied by a moment of silence for those we’ve lost. When you make a donation for a Luminaria, it helps the American Cancer Society continue to fight cancer on all fronts.
After dark, Relay participants share an emotional moment when each Luminaria is lit in remembrance of a life touched by cancer. Together, we take a moment of silence to remember the loved ones they’re dedicated to. When you make a donation for a Luminaria it helps fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to help save lives.
Event Schedule for our Reimagined Relay
Save the Date and Time
May 15, 2021
6 to 10 PM
What will our REIMAGINED event look like?!
6 PM-Tailgate with Us
Decorate your cars and gather your team members to show off your Purple Hope power and Relay pride.
Look our for details coming soon about our Relay Day Menu! We will be partnering with local businesses to offer yummy food with a portion being donated to our Relay’s fight against cancer!
7:30 PM- Opening Ceremony
Time to get started. We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.
8 PM- Luminaria Car Parade
Drive through Downtown Bethel as we illuminate the streets to celebrate and honor all those who have been touched by cancer.
Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.
8:30 PM-Drive In Movie
Featuring Disney Pixar’s, “Up”
Reserve Your Spot Here
Join us for a good ole drive in movie experience!
One person can make a difference. In May 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: cancer.
Gordy spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound. Friends, family, and patients watched and supported him as he walked and ran more than 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer. As he circled the track, he thought of how he could get others to take part. He envisioned having teams participate in a 24-hour fundraising event. The next year, 19 teams were part of the first Relay For Life event at the historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.
After previously battling stomach cancer, Gordy passed away from heart failure on August 3, 2014 at the age of 71. But his legacy lives on. He shaped an idea that started as one man walking and running a track and helped turn it into a global fundraising phenomenon.