The Relay For Life of Ascension Parish is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate, and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer.

Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ascension Parish event on March 10 at Cabelas. The Survivors Lap will begin at 3 p.m.

Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers are encouraged to join the celebration. As the survivors walk, other participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration. There will be a balloon release, luminaria ceremony to remember those who have lost their battle to cancer and to honor those who are still fighting and who have won their battle against cancer, great food and many items to be raffled off for a donation.

The Relay For Life of Ascension Parish is a community event where teams and individuals come together to honor, celebrate, and raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. Money raised will help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

It is unfortunate but everyone in Ascension Parish has been or will be affected by Cancer. If we all work together to make a difference in the fight against cancer one day we may live in a world with less cancer or one day with no cancer. Please come out and join in the fight against Cancer.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to be part of the Relay For Life event, visit RelayForLife.org or relayforlife.org/ascensionla, or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Update, Jan. 29: Event Lead Jessica Dunnaway wants Ascension Parish to know that monies raised at Ascension Parish Relay for Life helps provide services and care for our residents of Ascension parish, provides hotel stays at Hope Lodge free of charge, van rides to and from appointments and a 1-800 number that is staffed 24/7 and much more. In 2017 a total of 377 nights were spent at Hope Lodge by 12 residents of Ascension Parish, 2 patients received rides to treatment in the Hope Lodge van, 2 patients stayed 4 nights at a ACS Hotel Partner, 10 participants participated in the Look Good Feel Better program, 9 patients received wigs, 71 accessed a personal manager made available by ACS, 7 participated in the Reach to Recovery program and 94 different Resource referrals were provided to 29 patients. All of these services are provided at no cost to the patient or their family.

Contributed by American Cancer Society Relay for Life