The event is an all night walk/run event involving teams of 10-12 members who will keep at least one member on the track for a scheduled period of time. The Relay for Life of Scioto County takes place from 6 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday at the Scioto County Fairgrounds in Lucasville.
Because cancer has affected all of us in one way or another, Relay For Life brings together more than 3.5 million across the country to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and empower individuals and communities to fight back against the disease. The Relay events raise much-needed funds and awareness.
Jane Gee and Charnell Landrum are co-chairpersons of this year’s Relay, and $50,000 is the goal they hope to achieve. “There’s more teams this year and more activities going on. If we can just get people to come out, there’s a possibility we just might make it,” Gee said.
The opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday kicks off the event, and from 9 to 10 p.m. is the always-moving Luminaria Ceremony, where volunteers place lighted candles in memory of someone lost to cancer, in honor of someone still fighting cancer or in special recognition of someone who has beaten the disease.
Among the many activities for this year’s Relay, are a silent auction, Guitar Hero contest, Smash A Car/Take A Whack at Cancer, a puppet show presented by the Bookmobile, and much more.
The public is encouraged to come out to the fairgrounds and participate in any of the activities. The event also provides an opportunity to connect with other survivors and caregivers.
The goal of Relay is to raise money for research, educational programs, advocacy and patient services. It is the largest grassroots fundraising event in the world, having started in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of his walk around a track in Tacoma, Wash.
For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.
Anyone who wishes to get involved in Scioto County’s Relay can contact Alisha Thomas-Newberry at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (888) ACS-OHIO, or call Jane Gee at (740) 259-5096.