By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
Relay for Life is Friday, June 8 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and organizers encourage everyone to come out, walk, and support the fight against cancer.
“I hope everyone comes out this Friday night and enjoys the event,” said First Presbyterian Church Team Member Julie Cunningham. “It will be a night of food, fun and entertainment.”
First Presbyterian Church team will be hosting a cookie booth as part of its fundraising activities Friday night. The team just completed a “Blues, Bluejeans, and Barbeque Night last Thursday where they raised just over $400.
“Thanks to Johnny and Alice Wooten and all those who helped out and bought a plate,” said Cunningham.
The Relay event is expected to have about 20 teams and about 200 participants from the Winston County area and even though the event is Friday night, Brandi Krajewski, Relay Co-chair said that it is not too lat to get involved as either a volunteer or a participant.
“Even if you’re not on a team, you can still come and walk for a few hours or even a few minutes,” she said. “You can also show your support by purchasing items from the Relay Teams.”
Relay setup will begin at 4 p.m. at the Louisville High School Football field and if inclement weather, the event will be held inside Louisville Coliseum. Opening ceremonies will kick off at 6 p.m.
The opening lap will begin with all of the cancer survivors making a lap around the track and then joined in by the teams and others attending the event.
“I think this event allows people to be inspired by those who are battling and or have beaten cancer and to remember those who have lost that fight,” said Krajewski.
That is no more evident than during the evening’s luminary ceremony, when the track’s lights are turned off and the area is lit only by the candles inside the dozens of luminaria that line the track. Luminaria, which cost $5 each, can be purchased in honor of or in memory of someone, Krajewski said. Anyone who would like to purchase one should call Penny’s from Heaven.
“Luminarias can also be purchased or dropped off that night,” Krajewski said.
They are also taking orders on sky lanterns. They will light the lanterns either before or after the luminary service and they will be able to see the lanterns float into the sky. The torches can be purchased for $100 and the sky lanterns are $25. To preorder either any of these call 662-803-4039 or 662-779-5111.
All during the night, team members and others will make laps around the track to recognize the tireless fight against cancer that those with the disease face.
The main stage of the event will also feature musical and other entertainment persons during the night.
Everyone interested in fighting cancer by raising money for the American Cancer Society is invited to the Relay for Life meeting and to the annual Relay event. Teams and persons may register at www.relayforlife.org/winstonms.
American Cancer Representative Lauren Jeffreys, noted that Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
“Keep praying for a cure for cancer,” said Cunningham
The American Cancer Society and people throughout the United States are committed to winning the battle against cancer. Join people throughout Winston County to help in the fight against this dreaded disease by making a donation. The Winston County Relay is aiming for a great goal this year and has raised just over $16,000 at Bank Night on May 24.
For more information on the upcoming event or fundraisers, contact Brandi Krajewski at (662)779-5111 or visit www.relayforlife.org/ winstonms.