CAPAC — Cancer survivor Chris Glombowski says words can't express the emotions she felt while participating in the first American Cancer Society Relay for Life last year.
It was only a year after doctors discovered a large tumor on the right side of her face and Chris said she'd experienced the awful effects that cancer inflicts physically, emotionally and spiritually.
"I didn't know what to expect...but it was truly amazing that so many people came together to help spread awareness," Chris said.
This weekend, the second annual Relay for Life returns to Capac.
The 24 hour event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Capac High School track. Teams who've been collecting donations will hit the track to fulfill their promise to walk to fight the awful disease.
Scott and Chris Glombowski of Capac are thrilled to be participating in the second annual Relay for Life this weekend—it’s the second year Chris can celebrate being a cancer survivor.
Likely, one of the most touching events during the Relay is the Survivor's Victory Lap and Caregiver's Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Survivors and their caregivers from the community are invited to participate whether or not they're on a team. Registration and brunch starts at 9 a.m.
It's a time when survivors like Chris and her husband, Scott, can celebrate life together.
Scott said he was always thankful for what he had in life, then the doctor's appointments, surgery and Chris's 2007 cancer diagnosis came.
"I could have never imagined that this would happen in my life or my wife's but it did," Scott said.
"I am so much more appreciative everyday now, 100 times more than I was two years ago."
Other events include a Fight Back ceremony at 12:30 p.m.; Miss-ter Relay Contest and a Ronald McDonald magic show at 6 p.m.
At 9:45 p.m. participants will light the track's edge for the Luminaria Ceremony. Candlelit bags are decorated with the names of loved ones who have faced cancer.
The next morning at 8 a.m., the Relay concludes with closing ceremonies.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
There's still time to make a donation to the American Cancer Society too.
Donations can be made to this local Relay for Life event and participants by visiting www.relayforlife.org and following the links to Relay for Life of Capac.
Monies raised will help the American Cancer Society eliminate cancer through efforts in research, education, advocacy and service. Last year the Capac event collected almost $49,000.
To make a donation and have a luminaria lit in someone's honor, contact coordinator Kim Emmons at (810) 310-0894.
For more information about the Capac Relay, call (800) 513-9930.