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Relay For Life brings community together in the hopes of finding a cure

Relay For Life brings community together in the hopes of finding a cure

South Lafourche Relay event set for Saturday, May 6

If you had the ability to create a world with more birthdays, would you do it?

This year the South Lafourche community will be holding its 15th American Cancer Society Relay For Life to support the fight for a cancer-free world on Saturday, May 6, at the Larose Regional Park Pavilion, 307 East 5th Street, Larose, from noon to 10 p.m.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a community celebration where individuals and teams dance, play games and take turns circling around a track “relay” style to raise funds and fight cancer.

Relay For Life will bring our community together to honor individuals who have fought bravely against this merciless disease. Survivors, their families and all those who have been affected by this disease come together to walk, run and camp out around a track to create a united network of support and dedication.

Relay begins with a Survivor Lap, an inspiring time where survivors are honored by participants in support of their incredible fight.

One of the most memorable events during the night is the Luminaria Ceremony, where everyone has the opportunity to light candles and take a moment to honor those who have beat the disease, those who are still fighting, and those who have courageously fought but have lost their lives to cancer.

Funds raised at South Lafourche Relay For Life support programs and services for patients and their families in lower Lafourche. Lafourche Parish residents stayed at Hope Lodge for a total of 494 nights paid for by the ACS saving families over $74,000 in 2016. The American Cancer Society paid for 164 rides to and from treatment in New Orleans for residents of Lafourche Parish also in 2016 providing a dire service needed by local families.

For more information on this Relay event and how you can get involved, call Julie Cheramie, 985-696-0081 or visit

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents hope in that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

Started in 1985, Relay For Life began with one man who circled around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. This year, Relay For Life has grown to more than 5,200 communities and more than 25 countries worldwide.

Let’s come together to add another birthday candle to every birthday cake this year.