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Annual Relay for Life of Norwalk raises spirits and awareness

Continuing for their 12th year, the Norwalk Relay for Life inspires hope in the hearts of all those effected by cancer.
Michelle Pletcher
Jul 10, 2014

It's hard to find someone who has not, in some way shape or form, been effected by cancer. 

Along with those diagnosed with this terrible disease, their families and friends are deeply afflicted by watching those they love suffer. 

Thankfully, there are organizations such as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. 

WHAT: Annual Relay of Life of Norwalk
WHEN: Friday, July 11th, 2014, at 12 p.m.
WHERE: 15 Saint Marys Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
COST: Free
INFO: www.relayforlife.org/norwalk

The Relay for Life events are life-changing fundraisers that help communities across the globe fight back against cancer. These events raise approximately 43% of all the American Cancer Society's funds.

Each year, more that 4 million people in over 20 different countries come together and help raise awareness and funds, all geared towards fighting the infectious disease that has already taken so much. In addition, the Relay for Life events celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, and honors  the loved ones that have been lost. 

This year, marks the 12th year that Norwalk, Ohio has hosted their own Relay for Life event. Full of family friendly fun, the annual event will feature live music, dancing, raffles, and of course, continuous relays throughout the day. 

There are 15 teams registered to participate in the relays, each with their own television show theme. They all have different activity centers for the public to participate in, such as water balloon tosses, wheel barrel contests, raffles, three-legged races, and more.

"There's lots of stuff for adults, teenagers, and kids," said Annette DeLaney, Relay for Life organizer and team participant. 

Mid-Day, a Little Miss and Mr. Relay beautiful baby contest will be held. Later in the afternoon, there will be a 'Best Decorated Wheelchair Contest' for those with limited mobility. Winners of both contests will receive prizes.

Along with the activities hosted by the individual teams and contests, there will be live entertainment in the form of a dance number featuring the students of Norwalk Dance Center, and a show preformed by Busted Remedy. 

Participating vendors and performers are completely non-profit. All proceeds from the event go towards the American Cancer Society. 

"We raise on average about $70,000 a year," DeLaney stated. 

Of course, as its namesake suggests, throughout the day, there will be constant relays. Anyone who attends the event is welcome, and encouraged to participate.

DeLaney encourages anyone who is curious to attend the Relay for Life. 

"Just come on out, and see what we're about. See what sort of difference you can make while having fun."

The annual Relay for Life in Norwalk, Ohio will take place July 11th, from 12 p.m. and running until 7 a.m. the following morning. The event is free for the public to attend. 

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.com/norwalk