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Relay for Life

Relay for Life 

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Relay For Life® is sponsored by the American Cancer Society to bring more than 3.5 million people from 4,900 communities across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

Relay For Life® is a fun-filled, overnight event that empowers everyone to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission. Teams of people camp out at Lake Benson Park and take turns walking or running around a track . Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relay For Life® symbolizes the hope that people lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face the disease have support, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Each year, our church’s “Cooking for A Cure” team is a leader in Garner’s Relay for Life. Our annual BBQ Chicken Dinner is held each March and Relay for Life is normally the last weekend in April. In 2015, our team raised over $33,000 of the $140,000+ raised at Garner Relay.

RELAY FOR LIFE 2016

Each year our church joins together to FIGHT CANCER! We know that There's no Finish Line until we find a CURE! Below are some key dates to take notice of as we begin to prepare for Garner's Relay for Life. Information will be added regularly, so check back often and help us spread the word about Garner UMC's Relay efforts!

Here are some of the many ways to support our team effort in the fight against cancer:

 BBQ Chicken Dinner - March 18th

1. Sign up to volunteer. Sign up sheets are already up in the Gathering area!

2. Hang one of our flyers in a local business, post on social media, or invite a friend.

3. Order lunch delivery (10+ Plates) to be delivered to your business.

4. Sponsor a case of chicken, green beans or potatoes for our event. SPONSORSHIP FORM.

Support our team at Relay for Life April 22

1) Sign up as a team member. This year there is NO registration fee to join our team. You’ll solicit donations from your friends and family and take a turn walking the track at Relay for Life on April 24-25 at Lake Benson Park.

To sign up as a team member, CLICK HERE. For anyone without an email address or access to a computer, the quickest and easiest way to register is to call 1-877-957-7848.

Click sign up, Join an existing team, Type in “Garner UMC Cooking for a Cure” and follow the prompts.

2)    Purchase a luminaria in honor of or in memory of a loved one who has battled cancer. 
You can do this on the Relay website or by filling out a form available at the Relay table in the gathering area during March and April. LUMINARY ORDER FORM. TORCH ORDER FORM.

3)    Sign up to volunteer at our our booth at the Relay event at Lake Benson Park scheduled April 22. There are all kinds of jobs so there must be one just right for you---cooking, serving, cleaning up, etc. You can sign up at the Relay table in the gathering area.

4)    If you are a cancer survivor, participate in the Survivors’ Reception and Walk at Relay on April 22.  If you are a caregiver, attend the Survivors’ Reception and Walk. You can register for this on the Relay website or by filling out a form available at the Relay table in the gathering area during March and April.

5) Make a donation to the American Cancer Society through our team.

6) Solicit corporate sponsors to help with our fundraising goals. Information about sponsorship can be found HERE. To download a sponsorship commitment form click HERE.

7)    Buy our “Still Cooking for a Cure” cookbook.  Cookbooks will be on sale in the gathering area during March and April. Buy one for yourself and for some gifts for your friends and family.

8) Buy an iRelay t-shirt to show your support for cancer survivors. T-shirts cost $10. Kids and Adult sizes available.

9)    Invite your friends, neighbors and coworkers to eat with us on April 22nd at Lake Benson Park.  Come help us cheer on our survivors at the opening ceremonies on Friday night at 4:00, be there for the luminaria ceremony at 9:00 or come when you can!

10)   Pray for our Relay events and for those in our church family who have been impacted by cancer.


For additional information about Relay for Life, contact the church office (772-2042).