2017-05-19 / LifeStyles

“One wish, two wish, you wish, we wish for a cure”

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Cherokee County residents will gather Saturday afternoon to celebrate hope in a Dr. Seuss-themed Relay for Life event at the Timken Track.

This year’s Relay for Life will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. to honor cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and take action to save more lives. Activities include a survivor and caregivers laps, a Dr. Seuss character contest, a cake auction, a Yeti brand cooler raffle, and performances by Off the Wall and The Palmers.

The event kicks off with the fourth annual Torch of Hope walk at 2:30 p.m. at Gibbs Cancer Center. Anyone can participate in the 3.7 mile walk to carry the torch on its journey to Timken Track for the opening ceremony.

Cancer survivors will take the first lap at 4:30 p.m. around the track. Cheered on by other participants, the Survivors Lap lets all cancer survivors at the event celebrate their victory over cancer.

This will be followed by a caregiver’s lap to honor anyone who ever cared for someone with cancer. Walkers from all 46 teams will take turns on the track for the remainder of the evening. A luminary and glow ceremony and a silent lap are a powerful part of the Relay which provides an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

“We are excited about it,” Relay for Life co-committee chairperson Amie Sullivan said. “The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of many people we love.”

Cherokee County has set a goal to raise $145,000 for the 2017 Relay for Life campaign.

An element of fun and great food are part of the Relay for Life experience.

There will be a Dr. Seuss Character Contest at 5:30 p.m. Participants will collect donations from around the track dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

“All participants will receive a ‘Seuss’- tastic prize,” Sullivan said.

Many organizations will sell food items like barbecue, hamburgers, fried fish and funnel cakes part of fundraising activities for the American Cancer Society. For the second straight year, event organizers decided to start the Relay Saturday afternoon to make it a familyfriendly event.

“The event on Saturday will be an important night for fundraising, but teams can and will continue to raise money,” Sullivan said. “The Relay for Life ‘season’ does not end until the end of August. That means all money raised until then will count towards this year’s goal.”

Schedule of Events

2 p.m. Survivor tent opens
2:30 p.m. Torch of Hope Walk
4 p.m. Opening ceremony:
Welcome
Prayer
Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
4:30 p.m. Special Recognition Laps:
Survivor’s Lap
Caregiver’s Lap
Team Lap
Sponsorship Lap
5:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss Character Contest
6 p.m. The Palmers
7 p.m. Character Contest results
7:15 p.m. Relay for Life Queens
7:30 p.m. Church Builders Band
8 p.m. Cake auction closes
Yeti Cooler Raffle
8:30 p.m. Off the Wall
9:15 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony
Glow Ceremony
Silent Lap*
**Everyone is asked to stop all activities
(including fundraisers) and remain quiet.**
9:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony:
Announcements
Awards
Prayer
Final Victory Lap

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