You had just heard those awful words: "It's cancer." Even if you had mentally -- and emotionally -- prepared yourself for the diagnosis, reality hits hard. It was, perhaps, the most frightening moment of your life. But with treatment, time and loving support from family and friends, you are now a cancer survivor.Even if that diagnosis was 10 years ago, 10 months or even 10 days ago, as a cancer survivor you are invited to be a part of the American Cancer Society's 2007 Cuyahoga Falls Relay For Life.Relay For Life is about empowering survivors to fight back against cancer. The road you had walked since your diagnosis may have been long and hard, but your participation in the ACS Relay For Life sends the message that there is both life and hope after a cancer diagnosis. Your very presence at the event gives hope to those who have just started down the road to a cure that you have traveled.In the 2006 Relay, approximately 200 cancer survivors were present to participate in the opening ceremony by walking the opening quarter mile lap as a group. Each walker moves at his or her own pace, to the sustained applause of those relay teams which will be participating in the 24-hour event.Cancer survivors can register to participate, at no cost to themselves, by contacting survivor activities chairman Debbi Rohr (evenings) at 330-645-0563 or by e-mail at Survivors may still register until 8:30 on the morning of the event, but pre-registration is requested if possible."We'd never shut the door to a survivor," Rohr explains, "but it does help us in our planning to know approximately how many will be present."The opening ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. June 16, with the survivor lap to begin at 9:15 a.m. Following the lap, a continental breakfast for survivors will be served in the trackside tent.Survivors are welcome to remain at Relay For Life following the breakfast if they wish to do so.Survivors are also invited to take part in the Luminary Service which takes place June 16 as darkness falls. Survivors and caretakers will take a silent lap illuminated only by the luminaria lining the track. During this time, the names of the survivors and those lost to cancer will be read."Survivors are an important part of the Relay event," Rohr states. "They are an inspiration to us all, especially to others who are just beginning their own cancer ordeal. They help us all to celebrate life and encourage us to work hard for a cure to cancer."The 2007 Cuyahoga Falls Relay For Life will take place June 16 and 17 at Bolich Middle School's Laybourne Field at 13th Street and Portage Trail.