The event has new hours this year, beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at midnight rather than continuing overnight as it has done in previous years.
"This event is very special to me on a personal level in that I lost my sister when she was 41, my dad in 2013 and my older brother died a year ago June 20". "Without Relay for Life we would never be able to do anything toward research, supporting families who are going through cancer or providing accurate up to date information", Sharon Bristol of the Canadian Cancer Society.
This Saturday's Randolph County Relay For Life event will feature free entertainment, plenty of food, a silent auction and lots of activities created to raise funds to help fight against cancer. "Our biggest hope is that our children and grandchildren won't have to deal with this terrible disease".
"We always have good response from the community and the participants", Wildberger said. From the opening survivors" walk, to the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. where loved ones who lost their battle are remembered, to the closing "fight back' ceremony, it is a memorable and inspirational experience.
The county's website, which can be found by visiting http://relay.acsevents.org and then searching by ZIP code, has additional information about how to register or donate. She said seeing the survivors at the Relay is a reminder to celebrate.
Following the release of dozens of purple balloons, the survivors will be honored and applauded by their fellow participants as they make their way around the stadium.
The Relay's co-chair, Wendy Wildberger, a cancer survivor and the Relay's 2008 and first-ever Hero of Hope, said she's excited to see the event come together for another year.
Standing at the south end of Carson City-Crystal's Community Field on Friday evening, the Carson City administrator shared her story of overcoming breast cancer after being diagnosed on February 13, 2009. "Each team will sell random things at the Relay itself". Teams will be selling all kinds of food and offering a variety of games to raise finds for the fight against cancer.
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Prizes will be awarded to first-place winners.
Activities include a silent auction, Tae Kwon Doe demonstration, team fundraisers, and more.
There will also be sombre moments, as luminaries are lit around the track after dark. "Relay helps locally and nationally".
Organizers are expecting 150 participants.
The slogan this year for the relay in Mount Forest is "finish the fight". The show begins at 11 p.m. following the lip sync contest. There is much we still don't know about it, about how it turns healthy cells destructive and sends them out of control. "You really don't want to miss it".
He said downtown Elkins is a great location for the event, which takes place at the Elkins Town Square adjacent to the Welcome Center. "I guarantee you will enjoy yourself".
Other teams will also be selling food like hot dogs and hamburgers to try to raise more money for Relay for Life. The event is scheduled to end at 10 p.m. "We have forty three teams which also is incredible", said Kyra Miller, Community Manager of Relay for Life. Just that little bit has changed people's lives.