By David Volz
Relay for Life was held to honor people who are fighting and have fought cancer. The event also recognized family members and loved ones who have cared for cancer victims. The event was held on the football field at Coral Springs High School and people were encouraged to walk the track in support of those fighting cancer.
A ceremony was held to honor those who have survived cancer and many of the survivors walked the track together. Later in the evening, an illuminati ceremony was held and survivors silently walked the track. Candles were placed in bags along the track with the names of people who are fighting cancer or have died from cancers. This part of the evening was solemn and respectful.
The survivors enjoyed a dinner together early in the evening. Even though Relay for Life focuses on a serious and terrible problem, much of it was a lot of fun. Many high school service clubs were present and their members played ball and socialized during the event. Karin Cohen, president of the J.P. Taravella Key Club enjoyed being a part of the event and spending time with her friends. “I think is important to help people with cancer. We are raising money by selling t-shirts and cookies for Relay for Life.” Mahana Zapata, incoming president of the Key Club enjoyed being a part of the event and was pleased that the money being raised was going toward a good cause, the fight against cancer.
Alexandra Giang, a Taravella student and Sarita Moreno, a Coral Glades student are both cancer survivors. They enjoyed spending time together and participating in the event. Giang spoke during the opening ceremony and described the challenge of going through cancer treatment as a young girl.
Throughout the night, various entertainment groups performed and there was a Zumba dance session. About 450 people participated in Coral Springs Relay for Life. Throughout the night, people walked the track in honor of the fight against cancer.