Tomorrow night, seventeen teams will gather at Jacksboro Middle School for Relay for Life.
Campbell County has participated in Relay for Life for about nine years, said Cynthia Russell, media chair for the Relay committee.
At 6 p.m., the event will kickoff with the opening Survivor Ceremony. Cancer survivors, wearing purple T-shirts, will be presented with medallions, and will take the first lap around the track after each one is announced over the loudspeaker.
Members from the different teams will then walk laps around the track. At least one person from each team will walk throughout the event.
“Because cancer never (stops), so you’re supposed to continue to walk,” Relay committee co-chair Maria Hooks said.
The teams also work to raise money before the Relay for Life event. This money is donated to the American Cancer Society.
Not everybody participating in Relay will receive a T-shirt. T-shirts will only be given to teams whose individual members each raised at least $100.
Teams are also encouraged to provide different services on the night of the event. This year, such services will include performances by two church drama teams, dance teams, a Christian Band called the “Shine Effect,” D. J. Marlow, bounce houses, dunking booths and food. These performances, entertainment and services, which will be offered at a price, will raise money for the American Cancer Society.
A plane ride for three passengers will be auctioned off at Relay for Life. Lynn Prater, ace flyer, will be the pilot. The flight will take the passengers from the Campbell County Airport and fly them over Dutch Valley, Norris Dam and McCloud Mountain.
Last year almost $65,000 was raised.
“That is our goal this year,” Russell said.
The luminaria ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. The purpose of this ceremony is to honor people that have been lost to cancer, or are currently struggling with it. For $5, people can purchase bags that have the name of the person they wish to honor at the ceremony. These bags will be sold at JMS tomorrow night. Candles will be put in them and they will line the track as everyone walks around it. Names of the people being honored will be announced during the ceremony.
There will be a fireworks display after the luminaria ceremony.
Relay for Life Schedule
6 p.m.- Event begins with the Survivor’s Opening Ceremony
Following this the teams began to walk laps because ‘cancer never stops’
Music, bounce houses, food will be available throughout the night
9:30 p.m.- Luminaria ceremony