The Hutchinson County Relay For Life is less than a week away!
Local walkers will be going around the clock to fight cancer during this event. Teams will gather at Huber Park in Borger overnight to join the fight against cancer from 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8 until 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.
â€śThis celebration brings the numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together in an effort to fight back,â€ť Judy Allen, RFL Media Chair, said.
She said RFL is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes so much.
The event opens as cancer survivors (which includes anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) and caregivers walk or use a wheelchair to complete the first lap.
â€śThis is an emotional time that sets the stage, emphasizing the importance of each participantâ€™s contribution,â€ť Allen said. â€śA festive atmosphere develops around the track as all on-field activities cease and team members, visitors and committee members line the track to cheer for our local cancer survivors.â€ť
She said as walkers make new friends and spend time with old, the RFL heats up and the campout begins. An atmosphere of camaraderie is created with team members entertaining each other, eating, playing games, and walking for a great cause.
According to Allen, highlighting the evening is the luminaria ceremony that will take place at around dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those lost.
â€śLuminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the importance of their efforts,â€ť she said.
In conjunction with the ceremony, a pictorial DVD presentation will be shown on a big screen TV located adjacent to the main stage.
A special fireworks display will also be held and the food, games, entertainment, contests, walking, and fun will last throughout the evening.
â€śRelay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser,â€ť Kathie Harber, event co-chair, said. â€śMany of the participants will be people who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment.
â€śThe funds raised will enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer by helping people stay well, by finding cures, and by fighting back,â€ť she said.
â€śDue to the generosity of all of our sponsors and the hard work of our teams in their pre-Relay fundraisers, the money raised during Relay For Life of Hutchinson County comes back to our community by directly benefiting all of the American Cancer Societyâ€™s lifesaving programs,â€ť Cathy Phillips, event co-chair, said.
For more information on RFL of Hutchinson County, call Harber at 806-898-6537 or Phillips at 806-282-4605. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Societyâ€™s 24 hour helpline at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.