Relay changes April venue

The Drew County Relay for Life Committee has announced a change in the venue for April’s  fundraiser.

Instead of UAM Weevil Pond, the committee decided to hold the event at McCloy Park to utilize the new amphitheater. This year’s Relay for Life will be held at 6 p.m. April 12.

Traditionally, Relay for Life is an overnight fundraising event designed to celebrate the victories of cancer battles won, and to remember those lost in the fight.

According to the American Cancer Society, the overnight event symbolizes the cancer patient’s journey to recovery. The dusk represents the patient’s diagnosis. The darkness of night represents the patient’s path through treatment. The sunrise represents the patient’s recovery.

Sandra Norris, entertainment chair, said they are searching for jugglers and acrobats to help with entertainment since Under the Big Top is the theme to this year’s Relay.

Norris said she is also looking for other entertainment for the evening.

In addition to entertainment, food, games, and other festivities, the luminary ceremony honors cancer survivors and remembers those lost to the disease. Luminaria sales go toward each team’s total. Luminaries can be purchased that night for $5 each or by contacting Cristal Hill. Luminaries may be ordered by mail simply by completing the luminaria form and returning it to Hill at the address on the form.

Stephanie Norris and Stacy Midwell, team chairs, will be holding a team captain meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 12 at Drew Memorial Hospital’s Allied Health Building, Conference Room A.

“It’s important for team captains to come to these meetings so they can be kept up to date on all of this year’s Relay information,” Stephanie said.

She said it’s important for all teams to make sure they register online in order to be counted as a team. Teams can register online at www.relayforlife.org

Norris said Fran Calvert and Mary Williams at Parkway Bank will be accounting chairs this year for the committee. They will be in charge of processing the money to the American Cancer Society. Money that teams collect can be dropped off to either of these committee members during regular banking hours.

Relay for Life is the annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which provides funding for cancer research and other ACS programs such as the Look Good, Feel Better program, Man to Man support group, Hope Lodge, and Road to Recovery.

For more information about the Drew County Relay for Life, call Norris at 723-2920 or log onto www.relayforlife.org  Visit www.cancer.org for more information about programs offered by the American Cancer Society.

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