Stretch those legs, it is time for the second annual Elbert County Relay for Life event. After a successful opening year last year where 29l teams …
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Stretch those legs, it is time for the second annual Elbert
County Relay for Life event.
After a successful opening year last year where 29l teams raised
over $30,000, the volunteers and team members are working to earn
more this year.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event.
People in cities and towns from across the country hold their own
relays to raise funds for cancer research. The event also
celebrates those who have battled cancer and survived, remembers
those who lost their battle with cancer and focuses on the fight
against cancer to put an end to the disease.
The relay kicks off with the survival dinner at 5 p.m. on June
26 at Elizabeth High School. Cancer survivors and their care givers
or family members are invited to enjoy a free dinner in their
honor. This year’s Relay for Life theme is Journey of Hope-
Celebrating 25 Years of Relay, so the dinner will reflect the theme
by featuring multi-ethnic foods that originated from all over the
world. Cancer survivors can register before the dinner by calling
M’Lynn Sutton at 303-646-3080 or by e-mail at email@example.com or on the day of the
Stacy Reavis, team development leader for the relay, said last
year the dinner hosted around 115 people and this year she plans to
see a lot more people. Those who attend the dinner do not have to
participate in the relay.
The Relay for Life opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on the
track at Elizabeth High School. The opening lap is dedicated to
cancer survivors and their care givers. The cancer survivors will
start walking in one direction and the care givers in the opposite
direction. They will meet in the middle and the care givers will
finish the lap with the survivors.
For the remainder of the relay, the goal is to keep one member
from each team constantly on the track walking. And with 38 teams
currently registered and 304 total participants, attaining the goal
will be easy. For people who can not walk, they can rock for the
cure in rocking chairs provided by the volunteers.
The luminarie ceremony will be held once the sun goes down. This
is a time to remember family and friends who lost their battle with
cancer. All along the track there will be bags decorated with the
names of the lost loved ones. This is a quiet time of remembrance
and a time to remember why everyone is at the relay, Reavis
“Also during this time a bagpiper from the Celtic Society will
be playing music,” she said. “Once we begin walking again it shows
that we are fighting back against the disease.”
Anybody interested in decorating a bag for a loved one can
obtain a bag at Bank of Choice in Elizabeth or at the event for
The relay lasts until 9 a.m. on June 27, and all through out the
evening entertainment will be provided. For children there will be
various activities at different booths in the middle of the track
as well as entertainment from the Gymnastics Etc. Team, 5678 Dance
Academy and Jazzercize. Live music will be provided by Elizabeth
Celtic Bagpipers, Memory Down, Jake Shelton & Friends and the
Pinecrest Community Church worship team.
“We really want this to be a family event where everyone can
enjoy themselves,” Reavis said.
This year the Elbert County Relay for Life goal is to raise
$45,000 and currently over $22,000 has been raised. But there is
also another goal. Reavis said the primary goal is to get the
information out to the public about the available services for
people fighting cancer. She said there are programs people can
utilize in Elbert County with out having to travel to Denver.
“In rural areas it is harder to get the information out there,
but if we can get the people in the county at least centralized in
Elizabeth and inform them of the programs that is great,” she
American Cancer Society services in Elbert County are the Look
Good, Feel Better that teaches women beauty tips to feel good about
how they look during chemotherapy, Road to Recovery which provides
transportation to cancer treatments and Reach to Recovery which
provides support and comfort for patients before, during and after
breast cancer treatment.
There is still time to register teams for the event. Contact
Reavis at 303-646-6273 or Betty Nobles at 303-809-7821 or send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.elbertrelay.org.
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