The event is sponsored by the Meigs County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Title sponsors are Piggly Wiggly, Dr. Shane Roberts, VECustomers Share Program, Shaw Industries, and Southeast Bank & Trust.
Lane sponsors will be Athens Regional Medical Center and Cymer, LLC.
The Relay begins at 2 p.m. with entertainment and music. Survivors will make the first lap of the Relay on April 26 at 6 p.m. followed by caregivers and then teams. Several activities are planned at the Relay for everyone to enjoy.
There will be face painting for the kids. A Cake Auction at 7 p.m. will be conducted by Auctioneer Ronnie Coyler. The Meigs South Jumpers will perform at 7:30 p.m.
The Luminaria Service will be at 8:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Danny Pilkey, Ashley and Ally Clark, Angel Thurman, Kinslee Melhorn, and others.
“The Relay celebrates cancer survivorship, recognizes those who have passed on from cancer, and allows the community to raise money to fight this disease that touches 3 out of 4 families,” said Towanha Jennings, event chair.
Teams will be offering food such as Tiger Chow, Pizza, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Items, etc. The theme of the Relay is “Cancer On Vacation.”
“We’ve had a variety of fundraising events this year,” Jennings said. Yard sales, a fishing tournament, and several dinners and luncheons by our teams have been conducted and have received excellent community participation.
An upcoming fundraiser will be the Co-ed Softball Tournament at Meigs South Elementary School on May 10 and May 11 sponsored by the Avengers Relay Team. Cost for a team to participate is $125. For more information, contact Diane Womac at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Relay for Life will begin at 2 p.m. and run till midnight on April 26. It is as much awareness raiser about progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser, added Jennings.
The mission is to be there for those who are faced with cancer and be there for survivors, and to provide support for families who have lost loved ones to cancer. Many participants will be people who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not only on cure rates, but in the quality of life following cancer treatment, Jennings said.
Anyone interested in purchasing a luminaria can do so through teams and members. The cost is $5 each. They may be purchased at the Relay. Also sky lanterns may be purchased at the relay for $20.
The Luminaria Service will be at 8:30 p.m. At the Luminaria Service, sky lanterns will be lit and will rise into the air in honor of or in memory of those affected by cancer, Jennings added. Attendees said it was a really beautiful event last year.
There will be a silent Auction going on at the Relay and organizers are pleased with the many nice items that will be up for bid, Jennings reported.
Meigs’ first Relay was held in 1996, and had seven teams participating. Now more teams are involved in the event, and it is hoped each year will exceed the previous year’s participation.
“We’ve been very pleased with the support our Meigs County groups and businesses have given to this event,” Jennings said.
“It’s the only major event we conduct to raise money to fight cancer, and we hope the community will come forth and make this one a major success like has been done in the past.”