Stillwater News Press

Health & Environment

August 15, 2009

Relay For Life starts Friday night

Teams are down to the final push for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Stillwater.

The teams will fill Couch Park at 7 p.m. Friday with 35 campsites decorated for the event’s theme, “Battle of the ’80s Bands.” After the opening ceremony and the Survivors’ Lap, team members will hit the track to walk all night. Each team will try to have one member walking at all times.

Cancer survivors will meet at 5:45 p.m. at Stillwater Senior Center for dinner. A bus will take them to the Relay site for the opening ceremony.

Survivors can pick up their T-shirts at a reception Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Teams have been raising money all summer for Relay For Life, but fundraising efforts won’t end when Relay begins. The teams will sell food at their campsites, including Italian beef sandwiches, barbecue, snowcones, limeades and watermelon, and some teams will offer games or sell other items.

In addition, each team will show its silent auction item at its campsite. Bids will be taken throughout the evening.

The luminary ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. Luminaries can still be purchased at Relay before the ceremony. The luminaries are $5 and can be purchased in memory or in honor of cancer patients. The sacks will be filled with sand and glowsticks and lined around the track.

Luminaries are also available before Relay by calling Schelina Burnett at 612-4299.

Entertainment has been scheduled for the entire night. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, a karaoke contest and the Queen of the Relay contest.

For more information about Relay For Life, call Gretchen Howell at 742-1368.

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