PARISH — More than 280 people have signed up to take part in the Parish Relay for Life June 11 and 12 at the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Middle School. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday and continues until Saturday morning at the middle school track on county Route 22.
This is the community’s third annual Relay for Life event that raises funds to fight against cancer. Chairwoman Kim Perkins said people are welcome to stop by any time during the event, listen to live music, and take part in any of the activities. Six area bands are scheduled to perform. Team Depot will bring their Children’s Workshop with an assortment of projects for children, caricature artist Jim Coon will draw portraits, and balloon artist Henry Gloude will create balloon animals and hats for children. Frontier Communications will hold a Kids Zone Carnival, and people can have their fortunes told and palms read by Debra Corsette and Georgia Cunningham.
The stylists of Smart Style Hair Salon from the Central Square Wal-Mart Super Center will do haircuts for Locks of Love and $5 wet cuts. All funds raised are being donated to the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Refreshments will be sold throughout the event.
Survivors and individuals undergoing treatment for cancer are invited to participate in the inspirational “Survivors’ Lap” during the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday. Survivors are invited to a free dinner in the middle school cafeteria after the survivors lap.
“Anyone in remission from cancer or still fighting cancer is considered a survivor,” said Perkins. “What better way to inspire someone still fighting cancer than to have them attend a Relay survivor lap and be cheered on by so many people? This inspires them to fight with everything they have, and it also shows them that they are our hope and our inspiration to relay.”
The track will be lit up with luminary candles in honor of those lost to cancer and cancer survivors at 9:30 p.m. Friday night. Those who wish to sponsor a luminary bag may purchase them for $5 each at the event. People should bring a canned good to weigh the bag down. Canned goods will be donated to area food pantries. There will also be a Memory Garden where people can reflect and honor their loved ones.
All guys are invited to bring their best dresses, highest heels and largest purse to compete for the title of “Miss Relay” in a talent show and beauty pageant at midnight.
At least 21 teams have signed up the event. People can still join a team by registering at the Parish Relay Web site at www.relayforlife.org/parishNY.
Relay for Life will be held rain or shine and participants should come prepared for the weather. Relay is an alcohol-free and tobacco-free event.
Suggested items to bring include tent, proper clothing for the weather, pillows and sleeping bags, flashlights, money for fundraiser items and refreshments, walking or running shoes, folding chairs, and stick lighters to help light luminary bags. For more information go to the Relay Website or call Perkins at 625-4122.