The 2013 Middletown Relay for Life, an overnight community walk-a-thon in which teams and individuals camp out overnight and take to the track to raise money for cancer research, got off to a rocky start weekend before last when Tropical Storm Andrea threatened to ruin everything with drenching rains and wind.
Organizers quickly regrouped, though, and simply rescheduled this year's walk-a-thon for the following night, Saturday, June 8. Seventy-five teams participated, bringing more than 850 individuals to Silver Lake Park to walk the track and pay homage to loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer while also supporting those who are currently fighting for their lives. For the duration of the relay, at least one member from each team must remain on the track to represent how long and how hard cancer patients fight and the exhaustion they often feel from the disease.
The night began with a Survivor's Lap at 7 p.m., followed by scheduled activities like a tug-of-war competition and a potato sack race and the luminaria ceremony at dusk. The fun continued throughout the night with contests, music and all sorts of entertainment aimed at keeping participants awake and enthusiastic about their goal. As participants walked, a huge sign spelled out the word "hope" and served as a focal point and reminder of the one of the walk-a-thon's purposes. However, by daybreak, "hope" transitions to "cure," symbolizing the hope for a cure that all the teams are working towards.
According to the Relay For Life of Middletown website, this year's event raised $187,335. 62. However, donations can still be sent to The American Cancer Society at 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE, 19720.