The Survivor registration for the free survivor T-shirt and medallion begins at 5 p.m. with the walk to celebrate survivors and caregivers beginning at 6 p.m.
“Relay For Life is the largest cancer fundraiser in the nation. Beginning with only one relay in 1985, it has grown to more than 5,000 communities nationwide,” said Angela Mathis, American Cancer Society Relay specialist.
The event brings participants together to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.
Last year Relay For Life celebrated nationally with over 4 million participants, 600,000 of whom were cancer survivors.
The Relay begins with a survivor’s lap, honoring those who are survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle with cancer. Each survivor will receive a free Survivor T-shirt and dated medallion. Caregivers will also be given a Caregiver bracelet and sash.
Several new activities have been added to this year’s Relay. The Double Duck Drop offers rubber ducks that will be dropped from the extended ladder of a hook-and-ladder fire truck. The small ducks can be purchased for $5 and large ducks can be purchased for $10 at Life Care at Home in Ducktown, People’s Bank in Ducktown and United Community Bank in McCaysville leading up to the Relay. They will also be available at the Relay while supplies last.
Only 300 small and 300 large ducks are available.
The odds of winning are based on how many ducks are sold, but only 300 of each are available.
The payout for the small ducks is $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $50 gift card from Walmart for third place. The big ducks payout is $500 for first place, $250 for second place and Walmart gift cards for third place.
Another new activity going on this year is Relay’s Got Talent. Cash prizes will be given out to the top three winners.
If someone has a talent and wants to show case it, please call 706-669-3660 to set up a time on Friday to perform. The auditions will begin at 4 p m. in the Senior Center with three local celebrity judges.
The top three winners will perform for the Relay audience. All talents are invited to come, though there is a fee a small fee to audition. The cash prizes will be awarded to the top three who perform for the Relay at 8:30 p.m.
This year, there will also be a Zombie Contest. Participants can come dressed as zombie or get costumed at the Relay. They will need to be ready for the stage by 8:40 p.m. and will be presented at 8:45 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best zombies.
This year’s Relay will be holding a silent auction and the Elijah Project will be providing live entertainment.
The team will have food for sell, inflatables for the kids, frozen T-shirt contests and many other activities.
The schedule of events:
4 p.m. — Relay’s Got Talent begins (depending on how many candidates).
5 to 6 p.m. — Silent Auction opened and survivor registration begins
6 to 6:45 p.m. — Opening, prayer, Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap and team recognition
6:45 to 7:15 p.m. — The Elijah Project performs
7:15 to 7:45 p.m. — Small Rubber Duck Drop — for cash prizes
7:45 to 8:15 p.m. — The Elijah Project performs
8:15 p.m. — Silent Auction ends
8:15 p.m — Large Rubber Duck Duck Drop — for cash prizes
8:30 to 8:45 p.m. — Talent: Top three winners perform and receive cash prizes
8:45 to 9 p.m. — Zombie Contest — contestants arrive at stage by 8:40 p.m. in costume
9 to 9:30 pm — Luminaria
9:30 to 10 p.m. — Closing.