By Valerie Werkmeister
One day. One night. One fight. These are the words that sum up what the American Cancer Society’s, Relay for Life is all about. It is one way that a community can come together to show their support in the fight against cancer. It is a group of dedicated individuals who have planned and coordinated fundraisers for months to raise money for a cure. It is a way to remember and honor the memory of loved ones who have passed from this despicable disease.
The North Posey Relay for Life Committee is working hard to finalize plans for their Relay for Life event this Saturday, June 9, beginning at noon at the North Posey High School track. This year, North Posey is charged with meeting a goal of raising $79,000. A cancer survivor’s breakfast will begin at 11 a.m. in the cafeteria.
This year’s theme, Season of Hope, describes how cancer can affect anyone no matter when or where. Relay teams will reflect their version of this theme in their tent decorations and banner designs. Judges will give awards for the best design.
There are fun activities planned throughout the day to keep everyone energized. They include a “Minute to Win It” contest, frozen t-shirt contest, signature bingo, kiddie parade, Zumba, midnight pizza party, a Miss Relay contest, in which the guys dress up like the gals, crazy purple lap and of course, the luminary ceremony at 9 p.m. A live auction will be held at 6 p.m. with Chris Mulkey serving as the auctioneer.
The Relay Committee is also trying to do its part in helping fill the needs at local food pantries by requesting canned food item donations. Canned food will be used as weights for the luminary bags and the candles will be placed on top.
The community is asked to donate its spare change, particularly quarters for the “Got a Quarter, Give a Quarter” campaign. Each quarter will be placed on the track with the goal of encircling the entire track. Each year, North Posey gets closer and closer to reaching that goal by going further than the previous year.
Anyone who would like to make a donation, but is unable to attend this Saturday’s Relay event should contact Carolyn Higginson at 874-3184 or Mary Peach at 874-3629.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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