They're Off - Relay for Life, Winchester, VA - 2012

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

And, there off!  The annual Relay for Life has started at James Wood High School in Winchester, VA.  The annual events draws teams from the area and beyond to support the American Cancer Society. 

This year's event includes 1141 participants, 72 teams and has raised $217,078 Relay for Lifedollars.  The team, W.I.N.G.S., came in first with their fund-raising at $30,492.00.  This team is a real estate client of mine, and they have passion for this event. 

The Relay for Life is a overnight event where teams camp out and around a track.  Teams members take turns walking the track.  There is entertainment throughout the night.  Food is provided throughout the night.  The event begins with the Survivors Lap.  During that lap, cancer survivors join other survivors to walk that first lap together.  It's an inspirational moment. 

When it gets dark, there is the Luminaria Ceremony where people who have been touched by cancer, and in honor of those who lost their battle with cancer, are remembered.  Bags with candles illuminate the track.  Photos are attached to bags to represent those who are being remembered.  This lap is walked in complete silence.

The final event of the night is the Fight Back Ceremony.  This is a time to make a commitment to take action.  It may mean making a commitment to stop smoking, speak to an elected official about cancer and what can be done to help fight it or simply getting more involved in the fight through events like the Relay for Life. 

It's a great event in the Winchester, VA, area, and every year the community comes together to encourage the participants in a myriad of ways.  Won't you consider getting involved in your community?


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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

I hope a lot of people turn out for this fundraiser.  They can be great opportunities to network.

Jun 15, 2012 11:17 AM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

So many of these are going on in so many places! Shows the power of caring about causes! ;)


Love and light to them all,


Jun 15, 2012 12:00 PM #2
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

It's always a big event around here, Jennifer.  I'm really excited that my tenants were the biggest fundraisers this year.  Yea!

Absolutley, Laura.  People can do amazing things when they join forces.

Jun 15, 2012 12:06 PM #3
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Relay for Life is a big annual event here in Coweta County GA too, when plenty of support from the real estate community.

Jun 15, 2012 12:56 PM #4
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

That's good news, Richard.  Glad to hear it!

Jun 15, 2012 01:10 PM #5
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Wow what an awesome event. I LOVE it. everything about it with all the deep meaning is simply inspiring! I am sure you loved it too!


Jun 15, 2012 01:10 PM #6
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
What a great event for the cimmunity to come together for a great cause. How did this even get started? I imagine that it must have evolved into its current form.
Jun 15, 2012 02:00 PM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. This is very different than I thought it would be. How awesome this event is.  The money raised, the spirit triggered, and oh the spectacle of it all.

Jun 15, 2012 08:35 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Mike.  What a wonderful event.  Thanks for sharing.

Jun 15, 2012 08:54 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Mike such a worthy cause.  Tell me sir do you think they will find a cure in this lifetime?  I certainly hope so

Jun 15, 2012 09:00 PM #10
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

It's always a great event locally, David.  It would be hard to find someone who hasn't be touched by cancer. 

Mark, it was started in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington by a physician, Dr Gordon Klatt.  He wanted to honor his patients through a 24 hour event, and it has been going on every since.  It takes place in 21 countries today. 

It is pretty exciting, Sheila.  A lot of emotion and inspiration. 

Absolutely, Conrad. 

I do hope so, James.  That would be wonderful. 

Jun 15, 2012 09:41 PM #11
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