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Estes Park’s 7th Annual Relay For Life August 1st

Each year, across the nation, one event brings together entire communities to take part in the fight against cancer. That event is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life®.

Our very own local Relay for Life will be held on Friday, August 1 through Saturday, August 2. It’s a time and place where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against a disease that touches way too many lives. The walk helps to raise awareness and funds to fight back against cancer through the services and research programs of the American Cancer Society. Won’t you join us this year and be a part of Relay?

The 7th annual Estes Park Relay For Life is drawing near. Even though the stadium is being renovated, the walk will still be held at the Estes Park High School track. You may have to enter the track from the Bus Barn area due to the construction.

The committee has been quite busy this month with final plans for the relay. The committee participated in the Rooftop Rodeo Parade on Tuesday, July 8th and the float, accompanied by the 3/4 scale 1901 Oldsmobile, took the Brownfield trophy as Best in the Parade. During the parade, committee members passed out pamphlets about cancer awareness. Members of the committee also helped with the first Estes Park Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo Golf Benefit on Wednesday, July 9. It was a big success and all involved had a great time.

At the Relay, small, decorated white bags simply half filled with sand, lit by one minuscule light, will line the track with “In Honor” or “In Memory of” one who has or is battling a formidable foe. It is to remember those who have finished their fight, and to celebrate those who are soldiering on, one small beam of light showing our unwavering dedication to never stop researching, to never stop caring, to never stop remembering. These rays of hope together provide a beautiful quarter-mile glow, representing the shocking numbers of people devastated by this horrid disease.

And after the quarter mile is lit, the message of HOPE is lit in the bleachers, again with tiny memorials, that together represent although individually we are small, collectively we can accomplish great things. Watch as the HOPE then magically changes to the word CURE, the mission of every Relay for Life around the world, to find a cure for cancer.

You can still purchase luminarias to remember and celebrate loved ones who have struggled with cancer. For further information about luminarias contact Jean Francisco at 577-1956 or contact her through her e-mail address at

For more information about the Estes Park Relay for Life, to get registered as a team or an individual, go online at or contact Candace Gordon at 970-577-0134 or e-mail her at

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