Relay for Life will be held this Saturday, August 10, at the Shady Dell Park in Richland from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Phelps and Pulaski Counties have joined together again this year to bring a fun day of events in celebration of those who have survived cancer, those battling cancer, those who’ve lost their battle, and the caregivers and family members who help in the fight.
Team setup will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. and registration will go until 1 p.m. when there will be an opening ceremony with the presentation of colors, the national anthem, introductions by members of this year’s Relay committee, and the survivors and caregivers walk. This walk honors the strength and courage of those who are battling cancer or who aid someone going through the process. Anyone who has been diagnosed is encouraged to come join the lap as a symbol of why Relay for Life is held each year.
Live entertainment will be held throughout the day, including local singers Alivia Engelmeier, Mackenzi Townley, and Caiti Townley performing. Live dancing will also be performed during this year’s Relay.
Participants can enjoy a variety of food items including pulled pork, walking tacos, hot dogs, cinnamon rolls, decorated sugar cookies, cake pops, and more.
The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. with participants placing a lit luminaria bag in honor of someone they know who is fighting, has fought, has survived, or who has lost their battle with cancer as well as the caregivers who fight the battle with them. Luminaria bags are available for $5.
The closing ceremony will be held at 10 p.m. and provides a final chance for participants to commit to act and continue to work to eliminate cancer in its many forms. It is also used to celebrate all that has been accomplished over the past year and to join and support others in local communities.
Relay for Life is made possible by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and local volunteers that organize the event. Money collected is used by the ACS for cancer research, patient services, and assistance with travel for treatment.
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