Organizers of the Fifth Annual Relay for Life plan to have the lights shine bright at this year’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event, which will take place on, Friday, July 29, at Kevin P. Robertson Memorial Stadium, starting at 7 p.m., features a beautiful display of candle-lit luminarias to honor those who have won and some who have lost their battle with cancer. Luminarias are small paper bags filled with sand and one strategically placed votive candle. When lit, the bags create a lantern effect.
Festivities begin with a flag ceremony and the national anthem performed by Rachel and Randy Carter of Lovell. Shortly afterward as many as 75 cancer survivors will walk one lap around the track while Lovell Elementary School teacher Chauna Bischoff leads her 4th-5th grade students in a series of inspirational songs. The survivors lap will be followed by a caregivers lap to honor those friends and family members who supported the cancer survivors throughout their ordeal. Afterward, colorful balloons will be released into the sky.
At approximately 11 p.m. the luminarias will be lit and will burn throughout the night as teams of individuals take turns walking continuously around the track until dawn. Throughout the evening, luminarias strategically placed on the bleachers will be rearranged to spell out words like hope, faith, and other inspirational messages.
“The idea is to have relay team members walk continuously around the track all night long as a reminder that cancer doesn’t sleep,” explained entertainment chairwoman Lorece Doerr. Other entertainment will include singing, dancing and instrumental music by a variety of local musicians along with Zumba, line dancing and even Karaoke.
Last year the event raised close to $36,000. Organizers hope to match that amount or raise more this year to support cancer research. The carnival inspired theme of this year’s event is “Life’s a Ride” and will include food, games and fun for the whole family. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
For more information about how to order a luminaria call Lori at 272-1601; to enter a relay team contact Cheri at 272-0877; for survivor event information contact Carol at 548-6281.
By Patti Carpenter