Lee County Relay For Life set for June 26
Guitars playing, basketballs bouncing, flamingos flocking, motorcycles rumbling, candles burning these are some of the sights and sounds that signal it's time for the fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lee County.
Event organizers say the 22 registered Relay For Life teams with almost 500 members participating this year have been busy for the past several months with efforts to raise money and support the mission of the American Cancer Society.
Their efforts will culminate in the Relay For Life that will kick off with the Cancer Survivors Victory Lap at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Leeman Field in Pennington Gap. All cancer survivors are invited to participate and are asked to register between 5 and 5:45 p.m at the Survivors Reception prior to the relay.
The community is invited to participate in what traditionally has become an evening of entertainment, celebration, remembrance and hope.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Relay For Life, the signature event of the American Cancer Society held in communities across the nation and in multiple countries worldwide. It is the fifth anniversary of Lee County being a relay community.
Following the kickoff at 6 p.m., those attending the relay will enjoy a variety of music, activities, ceremonies and food.
Relay teams will be serving snow cones, popcorn, nachos, barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, polish sausages, pizza, soup beans and sweet treats including funnel cakes and fried pies.
Activities will include children's games, face painting, a bounce house, swimming (weather permitting), horse-drawn wagon rides, donkey rides, a jail and a dunking booth manned by local law enforcement.
Various teams will offer opportunities for some people to take home an assortment of treasures including baskets, a digital camera, a computer, a gas grill, solar logs, an Adirondack chair set, or even a wild boar hunting trip.
Some highlights of the evening will include the Kids Walk at 7:40 p.m. with Elmo, Safety Pup and McGruff; the Luminaria Ceremony beginning at 9:55 p.m. with Francis Divirgilio setting the mood with a flute instrumental; and the Mr. Relay parade of contestants at 10:40 p.m. with the crowning of this year's winner at 11:40 p.m.
A new addition to the entertainment lineup this year is an outdoor movie. The family-oriented movie will be shown at midnight presented by James Miller of Big Outdoor Movies.
The Memorial Wall on which pictures of those who have lost their battle to cancer may be placed will again be available. Pictures should be 8x10 or smaller, and it is suggested that only copies be used.
Luminaria will line the walking track and will be lit for the Luminaria Ceremony and Walk, which is a traditional part of every Relay For Life nationwide. Presence at the Relay For Life is not necessary to pay tribute in this fashion to someone who has battled cancer, as the luminaria are available for a requested donation of $5 each from any local Relay For Life team or the regional ACS office by calling 1-866-444-9442. However, they will be available for purchase on site at the relay event until 9 p.m.
Closing ceremonies are scheduled for 2 a.m. June 27.
For more information about the American Cancer Society, its mission and the services offered, or to get answers to questions you may have about cancer, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.
By Staff Report