PARISH – Cancer patients, survivors, and friends, family and loved ones are invited to the fourth annual Parish Relay Ror Life June 10 and 11 at the APW Middle School Track on County Route 22. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10 and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 11.
Nearly 300 people have signed up to take turns walking or running laps around the track during the 12-hour event. Refreshments will be available, including a chicken barbecue Friday evening until sold out.
All area cancer survivors are invited to participate in the inspirational “Survivors’ Lap” during the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Survivors will be honored with a baked ziti dinner, t-shirt, and a gift. To register, go to the Parish Relay web site at www.relayforlife.org/parishNY
“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds, while celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against a disease that takes too much,” said Margaret DeNeve, organizer for the American Cancer Society. “At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminary around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease. The event represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.”
Those who wish to sponsor a luminary bag in honor of a loved one may purchase them at the event or from a relay team member for $5 each.
All participants are asked to bring canned foods which will be placed inside the luminary bags, and then donated to community food pantries in Parish, Amboy and Dugway.
Several local bands, including 4 Given Strangers, Mike, Steve and Charlie, Queen August, L’il Joe B, Styx & Stonz, and Amethyst are scheduled to perform a variety of rock, classic rock and gospel tunes during the evening.
The staff of Smart Style Hair Salon, Central Square Wal-Mart, will offer wet haircuts for $5 each. There will be a children’s area with craft projects by Kid Zone and Home Depot. Balloon artist Henry Gloude will once again make his popular balloon hats and animals for children and the young at heart. Games, reiki, and other fund-raising activities will also take place.
At midnight gentlemen are invited to model their best gowns and highest heels to compete for the title of “Mr. Relay.” Hardy relayers will also compete in a rooster-crowing contest at dawn. Food, coffee, and other refreshments will be available throughout the event.
Relay For Life will take place rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring tents, flashlights, sleeping bags and pillows, lounge chairs, comfortable sneakers, sunscreen, sunglasses, and canned goods.
For more information visit www.RelayForLife.org/parishNY or call committee chairpersons Mary Faulkner at 298-6019 or Sharon Amyotte at 387-5688.