Local Relay for Life kicks off this Saturday at Franklin High
Walkers will go around the clock Saturday in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
The celebration of life brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back.
Twelve teams will gather on the foortball field at Franklin High School for the relay against cancer from noon to midnight.
Throughout the event musical entertainment will be provided by Rick Lorenzo, Joe Huskey and the Country Tears Band and Dr. Jesus Chua. Other entertainment will be provided by the Pilipino Association Dancers, Franklin Line Dancers and Terri Boykin. There also will be fun jumps on the field for the kids.
Teams that have been raising funds during the past year will continue their efforts by selling food ranging from all kinds of desserts, chips, pickles and cold drinks to crawfish, jambalaya, boudin, catfish po-boys, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.
Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life — including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers — to join together to fight cancer. Relay for Life is a reminder that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and everyone who participates is making a difference.
The relay opens at noon with a prayer, flag presentation and the national anthem. Local dignitaries will lead the parade of teams for the first lap around the track at 12:30 p.m.
Other planned activities will include the Survivors’ and Caregivers’ Lap at 5 p.m. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area at these events. As you make new friends and spend time with old ones, the relay heats up and the camp-out begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other: eating, playing games, and, of course, walking for a great cause.
Highlighting the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony held after dark at 9 p.m. to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The luminaries and torches of hope line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions. A fireworks display donated by Pyrotechnico will follow and will be an uplifting end to the ceremony.
“Relay for Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund raiser,” said Kathy Gonzales, ACS regional representative. “Many of the participants will be people who have been dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in reducing cancer death rates and in the quality of life following cancer treatment.
Event co-chairs Theresa Warren and Marnie Vaughan said the funds raised will enable ACS to continue its investment in the fight against cancer through educational programs, research and services to patients. She added that through the generosity of corporate sponsors, the money raised locally goes directly to help fund ACS programs of benefit to local patients.
“We would like to thank our sponsors, team members and all participants for all the money they have raised,” Warren said. “And a special thanks goes to our committee members for all of their hard work. The relay would not be possible without them.”
This year’s sponsors include Cabot Corp., Columbia Chemicals, Franklin Foundation Hospital, Bargain Barn, Pyrotechnico, the Forest Restaurant and Rainbow Jumps. Helping to plan the relay are committee members Rebecca Ashley, Marie Cole, Tina Frederick, Fran Jenkins, Donna Lancon, Corrie Uze, Allison Vaughan and Audrey Young.
Information about how to become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at (337) 355-1252 or 1-800-ACS-2345, or at www.RelayForLife.org.