Why I Relay - Mill Creek Relay for Life, Camping for a Cure

Camping for a Cure, American Cancer Society, Mill Creek Relay for Life. This is not a race! This festival is a chance for everyone to get involved with the fight against cancer.
The Luminaria ceremony and campsites at the 2013 Mill Creek Relay for Life. Photo credit: Mill Creek Relay for Life.

By Karl Slomchinski, Mill Creek Relay for Life Publicity Chair.

There are many reasons people attend the Mill Creek Relay for Life. Some people just come to the Luminaria at 10 pm to remember the loved ones they have lost to cancer. Some people come to the kick off so they can share their support to a loved one who has won or is currently battling with cancer. Many people just enjoy being able to camp out close to home, listen to live music and participate in many of the ongoing events.

This particular event has attracted six Fred Meyer stores who used to attend different Relay for Life events around the county. They will be serving most of the food at this event including the BBQ Beef sandwiches they served last year. They will be using the Farmers Insurance trailer that I, you’re local Farmers Agent, used to serve meals to the OSO volunteers.

Aleshia Cooke with the team Surviving Mamas tells us she relays because she is a cancer survivor, her mother in law being diagnosed a few years ago, a coworker just recently finished treatment for colon cancer, and a good friend last year being diagnosed with breast cancer...and a family friend who battled breast cancer years ago, all of them moms!! That's 5 of them on her team alone touched by cancer and all "surviving mamas" sticking together for support!

We are all affected by cancer in our lives. The American Cancer Society is there to help you from the moment you hear those three words “YOU HAVE CANCER”.

This is not a race! This festival is a chance for everyone to get involved with the fight against cancer.

People will be setting up their campsites, setting up tents, lighting up the campfires and showing off the newest styles of marshmallow pokers. Anyone who has been affected by cancer knows how important a best friend can be, so dogs are also welcome at this event.

We will have several local bands and live music for most of the event. Mishka the bear dog will make a special appearance after he finishes his 5k run the same morning. Many of the teams and businesses will be selling art and crafts as well as chance drawings for fishing trips.

At noon we start the festival by recognizing cancer survivors with a ceremony, and then they get to take the first lap. Cancer survivors and those currently battling cancer are honored guests, they are treated with the respect they deserve. This is a great way to show your loved ones how much you appreciate all they have accomplished during their battle against cancer.

At 10 pm we have a Luminaria ceremony. This is when we light the Luminaria bags placed around the track in memory of our loved ones who were taken by cancer. A Luminaria bag is a bag you decorate with a special message to the one you lost. We will supply you with everything you need.

Every hour of the event we will change the theme. At 2 pm we will be honoring country and western and dogs. Some of the other themes include: Pirate laps including pirates and ships, super hero laps, glow laps in the middle of the night, Hawaiian laps, Crazy hat and hair lap, Mardi Gras Lap and many more. People will be awarded for the best costumes for each lap.

This festival is 100% local. It is organized and funded by people just like you. Stop by and celebrate with us as we “Fight to the Finish.”

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