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Arlington Relay for Life set for June 4

 

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Cancer survivors and caregivers walk in the opening lap of last year's Arlington Relay for Life on June 20, 2015.

Arlington's annual Relay for Life, a relay which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held on June 4 and will be moved downtown to take place at Legion Park this year.

Organizers of this year's event wanted to hold the relay closer to the center of Arlington.

"We wanted to move the event so that it is closer to where the people are," said Chavvahn Gade, one of the organizers of the event and a community manager for the American Cancer Society. "The high school is great, but it's a little far away and not in the center of town," she said.

This year the Arlington Relay for Life will also be shorter. Instead of the whole day relay of previous years, the 2016 relay will be held from noon to 6 p.m.

"We really wanted a new vibe and overall feel for the event," said Gade.

The Relay for Life raises money for the national non-profit organization American Cancer Society.

"Relay is an awesome nonprofit that raises funds for cancer research and services," said Gade.

Gade said it also helps to let people know the services that are available to cancer patients, like transportation to doctors appointments, which are provided by volunteers.

"This helps to bring more awareness to what's happening in the community. We're a national organization, but we do a lot locally with our services as well," she said.

Relays are also a way for local families, caregivers and survivors to get together and have a day where they can reflect, said Gade.

"Everyone who has been affected by cancer really comes together," she said.

There's a lot of different people from all walks of life at the event who get together for a common goal, said Gade.

"Cancer doesn't discriminate," she said.

This year's Arlington Relay for Life features two different live bands and other entertainment opportunities during the relay, such as a Zumba exhibition and a belly dancing exhibition.

"I'm looking forward to the belly dancing. That's something that's really fun and different that probably won't be at a lot of other events," said Gade.

The games and themed laps which are traditionally a part of the Relay for Life will also return, including themed laps for "sports fanatics" and "Hawaiian."

Having the relay in the downtown will also help local businesses, said Gade.

The event is happening on the same day as "Super Saturday," a big sales day for many businesses.

"So after the relay people can go out to the businesses to check out what they have and the passers-by can come to the relay to see what we're about," she said.

She hopes the public will come and check out the relay while it is going on.

"We really want this to be a community event," said Gade.

More information about the 2016 Arlington Relay for Life is available at http://www.relayforlife.org/arlingtonwa.

 

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