Relay for Life honors memory of those who lost the battle

By Ananda Howell Scheduled to make a few laps this weekend at Bulldog Stadium, the sixth annual Brady Relay for Life will get underway Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Relay for Life is a fund-raising event held nationwide in celebration of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost the battle with the life-threatening disease. Cancer will inevitable touch everyone in some way or fashion throughout the duration of their lives. The Relay for Life is a great way to help support the American Cancer Society and its fight against the disease. Teams will have fund-raiser tents positioned around the track on Friday. There will be food, fun, entertainment and of course, walking, all to aid the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. This year’s goal is $20,000 and a portion of that amount has already been raised through donations and the Relay for Life auction held Saturday, March 17. Sixty percent of all funds raised will remain in McCulloch County to benefit education, transportation, school programs, counseling, patient outreach, self-help support and equipment loans. “In fact, last year we raised $16,000 through the event and the American Cancer Society donated $21,000 back into the county in the form of treatment and supplies,” said event coordinator Barbi Jones. On Friday, cancer survivors are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to register and to receive special cancer survivor buttons which will be worn during the survivor’s walk, which kicks off the relay at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors will also receive free Relay for Life T-shirts and sashes. Immediately following the first lap, the cancer survivors will be treated to a reception sponsored by Leatherwood Funeral Home. Team captains will take the second lap and then laps will begin for all team members. They will continue until Saturday at 9 a.m. with the victory lap. Currently, there are 10 teams organized and ready to participate. This year’s team participants include: Curves for Women, Brady National Bank, Tone-N-Tan, 4-H group sponsored by Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands, Inc., Sunset Ridge Church of Christ sponsored by the N Business Journal, INTERACT Club, Head Start, Boy Scouts, Angels Among Us and Maggie’s Spoiled Brats sponsored by Jesse Castanuela. Teams are still needed to ensure a successful event this year. Contact Mrs. Jones to organize a team before time runs out. Denise Garner will provide musical entertainment throughout the relay. On Friday evening, to kick start the event, Velma Hendley will sing the National Anthem and the Color Guard will be presented by the Brady VFW. Several onsite fund-raisers will be conducted throughout the relay and will include the sale of hotdogs, soft drinks, pickles, candy and a Mexican food buffet. Luminaries will be sold for $6 onsite until 9:30 p.m. on Friday with the lighting ceremony scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. The luminaries will be lit and the stadium lights will be turned off to capture the spirit of the worthy cause. This moving ceremony pays tribute to those who have both won and lost the battle with cancer. Immediately following the lighting of the luminaries, the competition will stiffen with a pajama parade, a limbo contest and a chicken dance. At 12 a.m. Saturday morning, the Jell-O eating contest will get underway followed by the Hokie Pokie. Between the slow hours of 1-3 a.m., relay participants will get to kick up their heels during a hula hoop contest, a dance to YMCA, a horseshoe contest and a toilet paper relay. A pancake breakfast will be sponsored by the Brady Kiwanis Club and will begin at 7 a.m.

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