Stay-Awake-A-Thon provides support... Provides a place for cancer survivors and their caregivers to meet others in their community who are experiencing the same concerns, questions, trauma, fears, joy, relief, and, yes, sometimes guilt -- the rollercoaster of emotions that cancer inflicts.
The Stay Awake A Thon brings on a wide range of emotions throughout the night. Participants arrive and excitedly set up their camp site for the evening. The community gathers together and participates in fun activities such as fashion shows, vollyball games, relay races, and individual campsite theme activities. As the evening progresses, everyone gathers in the auditorium to share personal stories and to remember those who have been affected by cancer. This period of the evening is extremely emotional as friends and family come together to share and grieve. The luminaires ceremony that follows is solemn and gives us all a chance to reflect and remember. After the cermonies, the community comes back together to end the evening with joy and happiness as we think about the good things that will come out of the fundraising event.