Cancer event provides many activities
by Emily Peacock
May 20, 2012 | 2513 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In less than two weeks, Bolivar Countians will gather to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer and to remember loved ones lost at the county's annual Relay for Life.

This special event, set for June 1, which is organized under the American Cancer Society, will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Cleveland High School athletic track.

Nancy Nassar, coordinator for the event, said the overall goal for this year is to raise $82,000.

Of this goal, $26,000 has already been collected.

In years past, Relay for Life has been in for April but this year's event was slated for June in order to continue using the high school's track.

Throughout the 12 hours of the event, there will be plenty of things to do.

"There will be a volleyball tournament that will begin at midnight. There will be a dunking booth and plenty of children's activities, such as jumping houses, face painting, a ball toss and much more," added Nassar. "Some of the different participating teams will be cooking food. Everyone will be walking and there will be lots of games."

This year's event has a great line up of entertainment.

According to Nassar, Kenny Williams, the entertainment chair, has lined up the Frank Caswell Band, Harmony, Dan Bell, Joe Garcia and 61 Resurfaced to perform this year.

She mentioned people do not have to be on a team to come out and enjoy everything.

Festivities will begin with the Survivor's Lap at 6 p.m. and the luminary service will be at 9 p.m.

"Survivors need to be there between 5-6 p.m. to register for the Survivor's Lap," she continued. "The Luminaria service begins at 9 p.m. with a scrolling of the names and a special lighting of 'Torches of Hope.'"

She said Luminarias are still available for purchase for $10 in honor or in memory of loved ones.

"If you have never seen the Luminaria Service you have missed an awesome experience," Nassar commented. "Seeing the Luminarias lined around the track with the names of survivors and the loved ones that have passed on – it is truly humbling."

Nassar also mentioned there will also be a very special presentation after the Luminaria Service.

"I can’t say what it is, but it's going to be great," she said.

Nassar strongly encourages everyone to come out to the event.

"I'm excited. It's going to be great and a lot of fun," she said.

Money raised will go to research, recovery programs, aid to family and those in hospitals and scholarships.