When we are talking about the C word, we’re not talking about lady parts. It’s actually something far worse (if you can imagine that). Cancer.
It turns out the LGBT community gets several kinds of cancer much more often than those straight people do. We’re not sure why – but now at least somebody is doing something about it.
The American Cancer Society is holding its first-ever fundraising event, called Relay For Life, specifically to fight cancer in the LGBT community this Saturday in Manhattan.
Relay for Life is an all-day ‘festival of the spirit’ made up of community teams, where people come together to pay tribute to those we have lost to cancer, and to celebrate those who have survived, while raising money for cancer education, research and services.
The event theme for this extra-special LGBT Relay for Life is “Red Carpet Relay” and participants are encouraged to come in movie or television-themed outfits. (We call “Wizard of Oz!”)
Throughout the day, there will be music, entertainment, celebrity appearances and fundraising activities. Entertainers lined up so far include Broadway star Marty Thomas (Xanadu, Wicked), award-winning NYC DJs Steven Paul and Brenda Black, Australian Weimar Cabaret singer Kim Smith, #1 Billboard dance recording artist Jason Walker, and many more.
Near the end of the day, there will be a moving luminaria ceremony to honor and remember those who have passed from cancer.
Come out Saturday to help stop the spread of the c-word. (Still not talking about lady parts, but if we can stop that too, all the better.)
LGBT Relay for Life
Saturday, September 25
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
World Financial Center Atrium
220 Vesey Street, Manhattan
To register or join a team, to make a donation or for more information on the LGBT Relay For Life event, visit www.relayforlife.org/lgbt.