2017 Relay for Life
April 29 at noon
Space Coast Field of Dreams
If you or someone you know has been affected by any type of cancer FIGHT BACK in Palm Bay!
Mark Your Calendars
The American Cancer Society is seeking teams of 8-15 people for its annual Relay For Life, which is held each year in April.
Teams participate by sponsoring various money-raising events and activities prior to the Relay, then take turns at the event itself walking or running around the track so that at least one person from each team is on the track during the overnight event. Teams also set up campsites and other makeshift accommodations at the Relay site, forming a community celebration of life. Entertainment is provided by local groups.
The purpose of the Relay For Life, which is the American Cancer Society’s National Signature Activity, is to seek funds to help fight cancer and to bring about greater awareness of the disease. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.
How to Get Involved
Register a Team: A team consists of a group of people who share the belief that they can do something together to fight cancer. Your team won’t go it alone, there is a great support structure in place to help you every step of the way. Teams are forming now, so don’t delay!
Join the Committee: The committee is composed of many different people that plan and execute the actual event. The success of the event depends on having new committee members bring fresh ideas to the event each year.
Make a Donation: Monetary support, as well as in-kind donations, are the backbone of the event. Gift baskets, gift certificates and gift cards are examples of ways you can help.
Host an Event: Would your facilities make a good location for an after-hours event? Could your company host a fundraiser? These are both great ways to involve friends, customers, employees and their families in a united effort to support the fight to end cancer.
Purchase Luminaria: Honor someone who is/has battled cancer or honor the memory of a loved one. Luminaries are lit during the event. Order at www.relayforlife.org/palmbayfl
Register A Survivor: Cancer survivors and their caregivers are vital to our Relay. They are treated to a meal, given a special shirt and honored with special recognition, often finding strength from each other. Sign up someone today at www.relayforlife.org/palmbayfl
Sponsorship: Be a leader and become a sponsor for the Relay for Life in our community. Spread a positive image by supporting a cause that affects 1 in 3 people. Your logo/name will appear on signs around the track, the event banner, or shirts worn by every participant!
Volunteer: Be available to provide event based help with logistics IE; setup rooms/campsites/event locations, breakdown rooms/campsites/event locations, provide direction or man an information or registration table. Basically show up and help.For more information visit Palm Bay Relay For Life website or Follow us on Facebook
Friendship Zones all over Palm Bay
A rainbow colored, brightly painted bench placed outside the main entrance to Palm Bay City Hall now serves as a symbol to promote friendship instead of bullying. The bench was made possible through funds raised from the Mayor’s Ball which was held last September. All of the proceeds from the Mayor’s Ball went to support the Tiny Girl, Big Dream, Inc., and its mission to spread friendship around the country and around the world. The organization’s founder is 12-year-old Acacia Woodley who wants to place a friendship bench in every school across the United States starting with the City of Palm Bay. So far she has managed to place 16 benches in Brevard County Schools. The Mayor’s Ball raised enough money for an additional 20 benches plus the one at city hall. “I wanted this to be in front of city hall because I wanted people to see city hall and know that this city is a friendship zone,” Woodley said. “I would have said anti-bully zone but that’s not what it is. It’s a friendship zone.” In addition to Palm Bay and Brevard County, Acacia and her mom Amber also traveled to Miami to deliver one bench with another two waiting to be delivered. Three friendship kits are scheduled to be delivered to Canada in March. “She is amazing,” said Mayor William Capote. “We need to make sure that people feel this city is family friendly, your kids are safe and it’s our responsibility as council members that we project that message.”