By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Relay for Life is only one week away, but there is still time to form a team, plan to walk as a survivor or caregiver or become involved in any other way in the Madison County Relay for Life this year. Renae Williams, one of the Relay co-chairs for this year’s campaign said they had a great “bank night” this past Tuesday and have almost reached their goal but adds, “We need all Madison residents to help us finish.” Williams said there would be one more meeting, Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. where teams will be able to turn in money and discuss details of the event.
Relay for Life is an overnight event increasing cancer awareness while raising much-needed funds for the American Cancer Society’s local patient services and programs, advocacy, community education and cancer research. Relay for Life empowers the community to take part in the fight against cancer while honoring survivors and remembering friends and loved ones lost to the disease by composing teams of people from local companies, clubs, neighborhoods and families to raise funds prior to the event. At the relay, team members take turns walking around a track, relay-style. Participants camp-out, enjoy music, entertainment and food while building team spirit to help in the fight against cancer. This year, Relay has changed their hours to better accommodate busy schedules and as a result of the shorter hours, will be squeezing more entertainment and events into their schedule, but the Luminaria Ceremony, the highlight of the evening, will remain untouched. Paper luminarias, decorated by loved ones, are lined around the track and left burning throughout the evening to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contribution.
Relay will take place next weekend at the Madison County High School, located at 2649 W US 90, from 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 until 7 a.m. Saturday, May 10. Plan to attend and help support those in their walk against cancer.
Immediately following this event, there will be a 5K run that starts at 8 a.m. on the track, to help raise money for Relay. The cost will be $10 and everyone is invited. All money raised during the upcoming weekend will go towards the fight against cancer.
For more information on forming a team, placing a luminaria, walking as a survivor or caretaker or to donate time or services to the event, contact Renae Williams at (850) 673-8492. For information on the 5K run, contact Danyel Rucker at (850) 673-8539.