Relay For Life starts Friday at Tiger Field
It’s time to get out those walking shoes and fight for the ones you love–it’s time to Relay. The annual Relay For Life of Milam County event is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field and will continue throughout the night.
Five Cameron teams will join their Rockdale counterparts to form a 20-team event with a mission of putting a dent in the fight against cancer.
Relay For Life is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants from all walks of life—including patients, medical support staff, corporations,
civic organizations, faith-based groups and community volunteers—to join together to fight cancer. “Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference,” event chair Trina Edwards said. “Relay is the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) signature activity and it offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.” Teams of people camp out at the football stadium and take turns walking or running around the track. Each teamis asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 12-hour event.
In the past seven years the event held in Rockda le ha s raised over $350,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy and service.
The night will include many family-fun activities with food, games, live entertainment, ceremonies and auctions.
Why all night?
“Relay For Life is an all-night event to represent a day in a cancer survivor’s life,” Edwards said.
“Dusk and evening hours represent the diagnosis of cancer,” she said. “As we relay through the night, we become just as tired as the patient does in their battle against this disease.”
“Then dawn breaks, representing the patient going into remission and survival,” Edwards said. Around 20 teams will participate this year.
Opening ceremonies will get under way at 6 p.m. with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6525 presenting flags, Tim Smith singing the national anthem, followed by a ribbon cutting with a cancer survivors’ lap at 6:30 p.m. and an all-teams lap at 6:45.
The luminaria ceremony, with speaker Delena Meuth of Bastrop, a current ACS Hero of Hope, is set from 9 to 10 p.m.
Another Hero of Hope, JoLeen Eiklenborg of Robinson will lead the Fight Back ceremony slated for 12:15 a.m. Saturday and Elizabeth Hanley of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church of Cameron will officiate a church service from 5 to 5:30 a.m. Awards and closing ceremonies will be held from 5:30 to 6 a.m., Edwards said.
Other activities: Silent auction, 7 p.m. to midnight; live auction, 10 to 10:30 p.m.; washer tournament, 11 p.m.; “Miss-ter Relay” contest, 1:30 a.m.; Relay-wide scavenger hunt, 2:30 a.m.
The Relay bank opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 2 a.m. Live entertainment during the night will include the Sunset Praise Dancers of Rising Star Baptist Church, the RHS Golden Girls and popular area Christian rock band Fireproof.
Edwards said luminarias and commemorative angels will be on sale at Tiger Field beginning at 5 p.m. “Luminarias line the inside of the track and angels line the outside,” she said. Luminaries can also be purchased through Thursday at Rockdale Signs, Richards Memorial Hospital and The Rockdale Reporter.
Contact Edwards at 979542-8493 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any Relay For Life team member, to purchase the items.
Although there are just small rain chances, the Relay will be held in the Rockdale Elementary gym should wet weather occur. Reporter/Mike Brown