Relay for Life to be held this Saturday

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Area residents are encouraged to join the fight against cancer by taking part in the 2012 South Barry County Relay for Life, which will be held at the Cassville Wildcat Football Stadium from noon to midnight on Saturday.

Community members are encouraged to bring their families to this event. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase from the teams participating in the Relay for Life.

Centered on this year's theme, "Cancer Doesn't Take a Holiday," each hour there will be a holiday theme lap where participants can dress up or act out the theme of that particular holiday. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny might even make an appearance at the event.

There will also be games about every half hour throughout the Relay, including some "Minute to Win It" games, finish the lyrics, water games and even some dad/child games in honor of Father's Day.

Tracy Roney, the entertainment, fun and games chair for this year's Relay said, "It is Father's Day weekend, and we hope that everyone will bring dad out and have some fun and help raise money for a good cause."

The evening begins with the opening ceremony and Survivor Lap at noon. During the Survivor Lap, cancer survivors and those battling cancer are invited to walk the first lap around the track. Friends and family members will gather at the edge of the track to cheer on participants.

The Survivors' Dinner will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., while local gospel group, The Kevin Phillips Band, kicks off the live musical entertainment for the event.

The basket auction will begin at 2:30 p.m. Teams design and auction off baskets with proceeds collected by the South Barry County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Rosenbach Warrior Training Branches Family Martial Arts Center will offer a live demonstration. Lopez Fitness will also offer a live demonstration from 5 to 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., J Rock and the Third Street Band will take the stage, and a Halloween costume contest will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

The luminaria ceremony begins at 9 p.m. This ceremony is designed to remind Relay for Life participants about the purpose of the event, to raise money for education and research in the fight against cancer. The event also supports those who are currently battling cancer and those who have lost their fight.

"It gives us a moment to be still and honor those we have lost, and to celebrate those who have battled and won, as well as anyone who is currently going through treatment," said Roney.

Luminarias for this Relay for Life can be purchased at the event, or can be purchased from Julie Grillone, Relay co-chair by calling 846-7433. The cost is $5 per luminaria.

There are 121 participants and six teams signed up to participate in this year's event. So far, they have raised $3,475 for the American Cancer Society. Last year's event raised nearly $30,000. Committee members hope to top that total at this year's event.

For more information on the 2012 South Barry County Relay for Life, visit or call Grillone at 846-7433.

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