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Relay for Life kicks off tomorrow

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By PETER SAWYER

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be at Jacksboro Middle School from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. There will be much to see, hear and eat.
“We do have food (and) entertainment,” said Cyndi Russell, Relay for Life committee co-chair.
The Birdsong Family, disc jockeys, church drama teams, cheerleaders and Elite All-Stars will all perform. There will also be a bounce house for children. The relay teams will sell many different kinds of food—such as ice cream, funnel cakes, hamburgers, nachos and cheese and potatoes and barbecue. All proceeds from Relay will go to the ACS. Event organizers hope to raise $85,000 for the organization—which is how much was raised at last year’s event.
“The highest ever,” added Russell.
Teams will also distribute brochures containing information. And throughout the night, a member from each team will constantly walk around the track.
Ceremonies
The night will be marked with a couple ceremonies.
At 6:10 p.m., the survivor ceremony will honor those who have survived cancer.
“The survivor presentation is a big part of the evening,” Russell said.
People who have survived a battle with caner, and have registered beforehand, will receive medallions. To celebrate the ACS’s 100th anniversary (May 22), each survivor will also receive a purple balloon.
“It is their 100th anniversary this year,” Russell said. “That’s why we’re doing the balloons for the survivors this year. We wanted to do something to celebrate it. We’ll let them all release their purple balloons together. And then, they’ll do their survivor lap.”
The luminaria ceremony will begin around 9:30 p.m.
“When it starts to get dark,” Russell said.
Until the ceremony begins, people can purchase luminarias—paper lanterns—for $5.
“They can purchase them in honor of someone or in memory of someone,” Russell said.
The luminarias will be placed along the track.
“We actually turn all the lights out in the arena,” Russell said. “It will be dark except for those candles. It’s very moving.”
During the ceremony, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director E. L. Morton will read names of those being honored or remembered over the intercom. After he finishes, there will be a fireworks display.
At least 23 teams are registered for Relay. But it’s not too late to sign up.
“We won’t turn any away,” Russell said.