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Relay for Life event scheduled for June

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:25 pm

By June Pugh

On June 2, 2017, Moore County’s Relay for Life will commemorate its 13th birthday and, just as you would expect, there is going to be a celebration. The theme this year is “Dancing Thru the Decades.” Months of hard work reach a climax on Relay Night—always the first Friday night in June. In addition to a variety of food, games and entertainment, the objective is for each team to keep someone walking the track from the beginning of the event at 6 p.m. until it ends at midnight. The effort required to keep the walk going throughout the event is symbolic of the efforts of individuals and their caregivers to fight the disease, as well as the world wide efforts of scientists to find effective treatments and cures. The concept was born 31 years ago, when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, a total of 83.6 miles. During that time he raised $27,000 to fight cancer. Moore County’s Relay event will be held in the horse show arena at Wiseman Park. Registration for survivors and caregivers will begin at 5 p.m. The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. with the Survivor Celebration Lap, followed by the Survivor/Caregiver Lap and the Parade of Teams. There are at least eight teams participating: Crossway Church, Boy Scouts, FFA, 1st Baptist Church, Methodist Movers, Paws for a Cure, Tower Bank and Lynchburg Nursing Center. The teams set-up tents around the outside of the track, where they have games and sell a mouth-watering assortment of food. Bradley Dye will be selling laser-engraved woodworking, with a percentage of the profits going to Relay for Life. In addition to a disc jockey filling the night with music, entertainment will include a Womanless Pageant immediately after the Team Lap and a Lip Sync Battle at about 10 pm. You do not have to be a member of a team to enter this contest. Luminaria bags and lighted balloons may be purchased until 7:15 pm at the Luminary Tent. Bags are $5 and balloons are $15. Everyone who buys a balloon will have their name entered in a drawing for a Pigeon Forge Vacation Basket. The Luminary Service and Balloon Release, followed by a silent lap, will take place at 9 pm. to honor a survivor or to remember a loved one. Local resident Troy Durm will sing for about 20 minutes prior to the Service. During the silent lap, he will share a song he wrote for his wife, Andrea, who died this year from Breast Cancer at the young age of 43. The evening will end at 12 midnight with a closing ceremony. This year’s event chairman is Derek Conn and the co-chair is Dawn Casey. If you would like to add a team to the effort or if you have questions, call Derek at 931-307- 8860.