Napans (including the Uncork29 Team) took to the track this past weekend to raise awareness and money as part of the American Cancer Society’s 12th Annual Relay for Life. The event spanned 24-hours and encouraged the near 1,000 attendees to have someone from each team on the track at all times–a symbolic way of showing that cancer doesn’t sleep so neither do the participants.
Our team chose a Hawaiian theme and named ourselves “Re-lei For A Cure.” We were there to walk mainly in honor of our mom, a breast cancer survivor, but also for other family and friends that have been affected by cancer.
The Relay’s theme of “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back,” could be seen in all areas of the event. The day kicked off with a celebration of survivors, donned in purple shirts, taking to the track for an emotional lap. Throughout the day teams held raffles to raise money and our team was lucky enough to win four of them. We’ll be enjoying some Silverado Vineyards Vineburg 2005 Chardonnay as well as hitting up Disneyland as part of our winnings. The day also included a silent auction with items such as Napa Valley cookbooks and gift baskets. Children enjoyed games and story time provided by the Napa Valley Office of Education Team, with guest reader and Superintendent, Barbara Nemko.
After a long, hot day of walking, luminaria bags, decorated by participants and filled with sand and candles, were lit in honor and memory of those who fought cancer. The bags lined the inner and outer perimeter of the track and were used to spell out “Hope,” on the North end of the track. The event concluded the following morning with a “Fight Back” ceremony where participants pledged to change something in their lives in order to fight back against the disease.
The goal for the event this year was to raise $225,000, or $2,000 more than the previous year. At the start of the event $140,000 had been raised with more donations expected from the event itself. Since 1996, Napa’s Relay for Life has raised over $2 million.