Relay For Life set Saturday

Reporter Staffer

Things are a little revamped for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life event, but it still serves the same purpose— to raise money to help cure cancer.

This year’s event, with the theme “Mission Possible: Milam County,” will start at noon on Saturday at Apache Pass, located off FM 908, approximately eight miles north of Rockdale.

All other Relay events in Milam County had been overnight events held at tracks or city parks in either Rockdale, Cameron or Thorndale, but this year’s committee decided to try something different.

CHANGES—“We are changing it up a little in hopes to get more participants and keep that family friendly atmosphere,” Kim Jeter, event activities and entertainment chair said.

This year is the 12th for a Relay event to be held in Milam County and during that time has raised $498,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Last year’s Relay was held in Cameron and raised $35,000.

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, Jeter said.

Relay is the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) signature activity and it offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate.

Teams of people will “camp out” at the Apache Pass complex and take turns walking or running around a marked trail. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 10-hour event.

LAP— Opening ceremonies will get under way at noon with an all-teams lap.

A soup and salad lunch for survivors and one guest will be held on the grounds at 1 p.m. with the survivor and caregivers lap at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction from 1-5 p.m. and games and activities by the participating teams throughout the day. The popular “Miss-ter Relay” contest will be held at 8:15 p.m. Concessions and different booths are planned as well.

The luminaria ceremony is set to begin at 9 p.m., followed by closing ceremonies at 9:45 p.m. where the top teams and participants will be announced.

LUMINARIAS—Luminarias will be on sale at the event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Luminarias line the inside of the track and represent those who have lost and those who have beat the battle with cancer,” Jeter said.

BAND/DANCE—From 10 p.m. to midnight, Crash Landing will play at the Apache Pass pavilion.

For more information, contact, or any Relay For Life team member.

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