This year the relay will be held at Okie Blanchard Stadium at East High School June 9th.
The event kicks off with a reception for cancer survivors, who will then walk the first lap at 4 p.m.
As in the past years, the opening ceremonies will be followed immediately with a survivors dinner. Relay organizers are expecting 200 to 300 participants overall. "I have family members and friends who have been affected by cancer".
There will also be a special Survivor Coffee/Tea afternoon in Newbridge Silverware with Relay Ambassador, Keith Walsh in attendance.
"We always have good response from the community and the participants", Wildberger said.
Len Wilson, a cancer survivor from Prophetstown, will give a testimonial and play music. This will be my 27th year of survivorship. Theme lap participants dress up and walk or run a lap based on the following themes: 4 p.m. Lawrence Welkome lap complete with bubbles; 5 p.m. Shatter the Darkness lap by wearing your brightest neon; 8:30 p.m. Messages to Heaven; and 9:30 p.m.
Emcee Brenda Strickland along with chairperson Patricia Simms and co-chair Pam Keeping opened the relay, welcoming everyone and thanking them for their support.
Participants will still walk around the area as in the past, Rigsby said, and at least eight to 10 teams are setting up tent encampments around the square to lend a festive atmosphere, as participants enjoy a fun time with each other. That is more people and more donations than past year, according to Lindsey Hanley of the American Cancer Society.
He said downtown Elkins is a great location for the event, which takes place at the Elkins Town Square adjacent to the Welcome Center.
Three years later and she is cancer free, supported along the way by the positive spirit promoted by Cancer Research's Relay for Life.
In 2015, she was diagnosed with carcinoma.
Because Becky was so young when her mother developed cancer, she doesn't remember much about it.
"In order to be able to reach that goal of curing cancer, of course it takes money and people caring and their commitment ... so yes, this is a fundraiser, but it's going for such a worthy cause, to help us reach our goal to stave off cancer", she said.
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. People doing the survivor run should start lining up around 7 p.m. Luminaries can be purchased at the relay up until the luminary lighting ceremony.
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