Relay for Life: More than a one day event

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By The Staff

Some may think that Relay for Life is a one day event – and it is, sort of. But Relay is also about the dedicated teams made up of families, co-workers and friends. It’s about these groups of people banding together for a single cause: to find a cure for cancer.

One such team, known simply as Team Stratton, was working toward their fundraising goals for this year outside the Taylorsville Country Mart Thursday. While the men grilled brats to perfection, the ladies on the team served up dinner with a smile. The smiles grew even bigger when someone dropped an extra bill in the tip jar.

Thanks to the opportunity provided by Country Mart, the Stratton Team sold $700 in brats and earned another $100 in tips. They plan to add the amount to their other fundraising activities planned as a part of this year’s Relay.

The 2010 Spencer County Relay for Life will be held June 11 and 12 at the new Spencer County High School front parking lot. Festivities will begin around 6:15 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies occurring at 7 p.m. 

As this event lasts all night long, activities are being planned to accommodate everyone for 12 hours. This year’s theme is centered on birthdays and all participants are encouraged to come with a birthday spirit for this special night of remembrance and honoring.

Relay for Life reminds everyone to celebrate those who have survived their fight against cancer.  During opening ceremonies, survivors will be honored by asking them to walk the first laps showing their fight has been strong and they have won their battle. Then their caretakers walk, followed by organized teams.  This continues all through the night. Cancer never sleeps and so participants are  encouraged to fight all through the night to do the same. 

A Luminaries Service will be held at 10 p.m. as participants continue to remember and honor any person who has battled this invasive disease. A video using pictures of loved ones will be presented at this time.  

During the Luminaria Service, bags are placed around the track containing names of those to remember and honor. Inside the bag is placed a candle which illuminates the bag.  Usually our bags are held down by sand, but this year organizers are using canned goods so Spencer County Relay for Life can give those items back to the local Food Pantry. 

Closing ceremony will take place around 7 a.m. the following morning.

Everyone is invited to come and participate on this special night.  There will be activities for all. 

Luminaria forms can be obtained by contacting Carol Stratton at 299-2076 or Joy Thompson at 643-1573 or any team captain.  Relay still needs teams.

“Paint the Town Purple” will be held May 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Details of this event, as well as other Relay night activities, will be outlined at a later date.