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Relay for Life slated for May 1

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By Charlotte Underwood

It’s relay time in Campbell County.

After months of preparation, teams are gearing up for the finale on May 1. But things may be a little different this year, according to Relay for Life Committee Member Traci Dower. One of the changes organizers are implementing is an earlier start to the Relay itself.

The event will start at noon this year and continue until 6 a.m. the following day.

“We want to begin earlier during the day so there will be more fundraising opportunities, but we still plan on having it all night as well,” Dower said.

The Campbell County Girl Scouts are hosting a survivor brunch that Saturday at 10:30 on the field. A RSVP is required. There will also be a dessert party for survivors and caregivers at 7p.m.

Ron Crivellone will be the deejay for the evening and there will be several musical and drama performances, according to Dower. Food will also be for sale at many of the booths.

Ensuring there is something for everyone, a rock-climbing wall and other children’s activities are planned.

Relay will be also be hosting several of its yearly competitions including the best team banner competition.

Cancer survivors wearing purple shirts will begin the event as they walk the track at the football field and are recognized for their courage and triumphs.

Around 9 p.m., after people have danced, ate and shared their stories, luminaries will light up the track. The candles will burn in recognition of someone with cancer or in memory of someone who died from cancer.

“We just hope this year is the most successful yet of the Relays,” said Co-chair Maria Hooks. Hooks, along with Robin Proffitt are chairing the event this year.

“We are both so excited about being co-chairs and participating in the event,” Proffitt said.

So save the date for Saturday, May 1, beginning at noon at Campbell County High School to come out and support the fight against cancer. This year’s fundraising goal is $67,000.

This event is not only important for what it gives back, but because it is an event the whole community can come together to be involved in.

“It’s a way we can show support for one another,” Dower said.

“We really want to build this up as a community event; it’s not just about fundraising, but coming together,” Dower said.

Contact Dower at 562-4941 to RSVP for the survivor’s brunch.