On Saturday, April 13th, a popular event, Relay for Life was held at the Viera stadium. Relay for Life raises money to help cancer patients and the money stays right here in Brevard. The event started at 2 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m. People can form teams to raise money and walk together. Those teams can stay all night long and into Sunday morning.
The Viera High Cheerleaders created a team and called it Cheering for a Cure. They worked hard to raise money for the cause. In the last two years, they raised 15,000 dollars and this year the grand total was about 10,000 dollars! A lot of the money came from the cheerleaders selling cupcakes to students. MsScarpitta, one of the cheerleading coaches, also kept a jar in her classroom so that students could donate if they wanted to. She also sold foot- print papers which could be decorated and then were hung on the Viera High tent at Relay for Life.
The actual event was held in a field by the stadium and tents were set up in a huge circle creating a big grassy circle for people to walk in the middle. A band played music, and there were also games for peoples’ entertainment. Chick-Fil-A even sold food there so people could eat. Little kids were running around the circle, and almost everyone there looked like they were having fun.
Once it got dark, a luminaria ceremony was held. A luminaria ceremony is when people decorate little white paper bags in memory of people who are fighting or once fought cancer. After the bags are decorated, a small candle is lit and placed inside each bag. Then, the glowing bags are arranged in a beautiful circle for everyone to see.
The American Cancer Society has been holding relays since they were first started in 1985. They have raised over four billion dollars to help fight against cancer. If you want to know more go to www.relayforlife.org.