Relay for Life successful despite early rain-out

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Relay for Life celebrated the many cancer victims who have all inspired and touched our lives.

Alexandra Diaz, Achona Staff

Davis Island Relay for Life on Friday, April 20, was put to an early end because of rain, thunder, and severe lightning.  A severe storm that rolled in late that night caused the event to be called off at around midnight.

Starting at 6 pm on Friday, many of the important events were able to take place and bring in sizable donations. Participants raised money prior to the event, and each individual team raised money at the event as well.

Academy’s TLC sold delicious baked goods while Student Council offered a bouncy house for their customers.

Academy was represented by two teams this year. Teen Leadership Council returned this year to the Davis Island Relay for a second time. Student Council accompanied their fellow sisters with their own team made of members and other Academy girls. Events of the night included a talk by a cancer survivor, all teams participating in a team lap around the track, and a concert by a local band, Stix of Fire.

The most important event of the night was the traditional Luminaria Ceremony in which each person proceeded around two laps of the track in silence, remembering their loved ones who have lost their battles against cancer. Throughout the walk, the track was illuminated by paper bags, each with a loved one’s name and with a candle inside. The event was still a memorable experience despite the early, rainy finish.