NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- More than 40 Sailors from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) gathered at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va., June 3-4, to help support the area's Relay for Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is a two-day nation-wide event that goes throughout the night into the next morning. During this event, teams of people gather at parks, schools and fairgrounds and take turns walking laps. The teams raise money and contribute all earnings toward research in hopes that one day a cure for cancer may be found.
TR Sailors spent the two days engaged in a number of different duties to ensure the event ran smoothly.
"The Navy helped out so much," said Natalie Jones, senior community manager with the American Cancer Society. "They arrived here, asked what they could do, and hit the ground running."
On the first day of the event, Sailors started out with a number of tasks including the assembly of venues, tents, and registration booths. Throughout the day Sailors also assisted with luminaries and parking traffic.
It rained on the second day of the event, making tasks more of a challenge.
"They came in and started to clean at a record pace," said Jones. "With the rain, we wouldn't have been able to start cleaning until noon [If we hadn't had help]. But the determination and enthusiasm of the Sailors got the job done before 9 a.m."
Yeoman 1st Class (SW/AW) Nicole Oliver, president of TR's First Class Petty Officer's Association, was in charge of planning the event, making sure it ran smoothly.
"It takes a lot of time to bring something like this together," said Oliver. "A lot of people came out and embraced the whole event, and that in turn made the event a great success."
With the day coming to a close, Jones reminded people that the Relay for Life not only honors those who passed, but also honors the caregivers and survivors of cancer.
"This can be devastating to life," said Airman Apprentice Ashley Henderson, a TR Sailor. "To be part of this event, knowing you were there for somebody is a great feeling. We want to reach out to the community and let them know we are there for them."
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