Relay for Life kicks off Friday evening

It is almost time to Relay!The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hutchinson County kicks off Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. and will run through 7 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The event will be held at Huber Park in Borger.This year’s relay will be a celebration of cancer survivorship, and is a way to raise much-needed funds to help find a cure for cancer and funding programs that assist those in Hutchinson County suffering from the disease.“The event will celebrate the lives of hundreds of local residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure and paying tribute to those lost to the disease,” Judy Allen, a member of this year’s Relay For Life committee, said.Following the opening ceremonies, which start around 7 p.m., one of the highlights of the evening includes a survivors’ lap. Around 7:30 p.m., local cancer survivors and their caregivers will walk a victory lap around the track.“The involvement of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment,” Kathie Harber, event co-chair for the ACS Relay For Life of Hutchinson County Committee, said.A luminaria ceremony is scheduled to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against the disease. Candle lighting will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. or dusk and luminaria bags for the ceremony can be purchased for a donation the night of the event.Following the luminaria ceremony, a pictorial DVD presentation honoring survivors and remembering those lost will be shown.RFL is an overnight community event that brings together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods, and businesses - all with the goal of conquering cancer. Teams of walkers have a constant presence on the track throughout the night, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.A full program of entertainment is planned, which includes music, team fundraising activities, theme laps, a silent and live auction, and contests all through the night. In addition to the food available at their booths, teams will have raffles and various items for sale.Due to the extreme dry weather conditions, the originally planned fireworks have been canceled for the RFL event.RFL is a handicapped-accessible event. Funds raised during RFL help support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back.• Helping you stay well. Finding cancer early can mean the difference between life and death. The Society helps you take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest and provide the most up-to-date information about how to reduce your cancer risk by healthy lifestyle choices. Contact 1-800-227-22345 or for more information.• Helping you get well. Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. The Society is inyour corner, around the clock to guide you through your cancer experience. The Societycan help patients and their families make informed decisions about care, find moralsupport from others who have been there and offer practical solutions to daily challenges.• Finding cures. The Society funds and conducts groundbreaking research that helpsscientists understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover newways to cure it. The Society is the largest private funder of cancer research.• Fighting Back. Cancer is not just a health issue, but a political issue. The Societyadvocates for people to have access to critical cancer screenings and follow-up treatment– regardless of income. Some examples include: increasing government funding forcancer research, establishing smoke-free policies, and improving access to affordable,quality healthcare.RFL, the American Cancer Society’s largest signature and most successful national fundraiser, is evolving into a worldwide movement to end cancer. So far, RFL events have raised $351 million at more than 5,000 sites throughout the United States and takes place in 20 other countries.For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit Look inside today’s paper for our special Relay For Life section!