Rapides Relay for Life is taking this year’s celebration on the road with “Relay on the Road,” Friday, April 30, beginning at 11 a.m.

Cancer survivors and their friends are invited to celebrate in safe, socially-distanced activities with drive-through “pit stops” scattered throughout Central Louisiana.

Rapides Cancer Center will offer survivors free Little Cake cupcakes, fun photo opportunities and a special “Colors of Courage” T-shirt. The Rapides Cancer Center pit stop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, members of the community can participate by purchasing a luminary in honor or memory of a cancer survivor, patient or caregiver. To purchase a $10 luminary, visit RelayForLife.org/RapidesLA and select “Luminaria” by May 2.

Rapides Regional Medical Center’s own Karen Hathorn, MSN, RN, NE-BC, and Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital administrator, is raising money as a “Power in Purple” representative, so be sure your luminary purchase is made under her name.

A digital luminaria show will be released in May – celebrating all of those recognized - and broadcast on the Relay for Life of Rapides Parish Facebook page and YouTube.

All proceeds raised during the Rapides Relay for Life events will help fund the American Cancer Society. 

About Rapides Regional Medical Center

Rapides Regional Medical Center is a 380-bed acute care hospital located in Alexandria, La., providing healthcare on a higher level for families in approximately 16 central Louisiana parishes. Our mission is to provide high quality, efficient and compassionate health care services for our patients and community through the efforts of our employees, physicians and volunteers.

Rapides Regional Medical Center has provided state-of-the-art, comprehensive medical services to our community for more than 118 years. Our campus is home to Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Rapides Cancer Center, Rapides Outpatient Center, Rapides Regional Trauma Center, 51-bed emergency department, NICU, PICU and ICU. Read about these services and more at rapidesregional.com.