Relay coming to MG High school
By Evelyn Long -
“Relayers raise the money. The money builds research, Research kills cancer, therefore, RELAYERS KILL CANCER” — a quote from Dr.Gordy Klatt
Connie Mattingly, coordinator of the 2012 Morrow County Relay for Life, asks “Did you guess what all the purple and silver streamers were hanging in all the villages? “
She said “This was just one of the activities during our ‘Paint the County Purple’ week.”
Purple is the color of Relay and it signifies HOPE for the person with cancer. This year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Morrow County is almost here. It will take place with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, July 27 and conclude on Saturday, July 28 at the Mount Gilead High School track. This is a FREE family fun event. There will be food, games for the kids, raffles, music, fun laps and activities, education about cancer prevention and theme laps throughout the 18 hours to keep everyone awake and motivated to keep walking.”
“We relay for 18 hours because cancer never sleeps and neither do we,” said Mattingly.
“This is everyone’s chance to make a difference and help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life raises money to help carry out the American Cancer Society’s mission, which is to find a cure for cancer. All of the money raised in Ohio will stay in Ohio and 81% of all money raised goes directly to the cause, whether it be in research or ACS services, prevention and education.”
Cancer survivors are the guests of honor at Relay. A special banquet will be held on Friday, July 27th at 5 pm. If you are a cancer survivor and did not receive an invitation to the banquet please call Rosemary Levings at 419–560-1273.
Following the opening ceremony, the cancer survivors kick off the Relay event by walking the first lap. They are joined on the second lap by their caregivers. Then the fun begins.
Close to 30 teams will have camp sites set up where food and snacks can be purchased, games can be played, a tattoo can be made, or raffle tickets can be purchased for their give-a-way. Friday evening’s events include a Ms. Relay for Life Pageant, where one never knows who might be seen in an evening gown competing for first place. There will also be ‘Dancing with the Survivors” where one pays to dance with a cancer survivor.
The Luminaria ceremony will take place at 10 pm on July 27. Luminarias are bags lit “in honor of” of “in memory of” a loved one or friend with cancer. A luminaria can be purchased at the event for $10.
“This year we are celebrating and remembering our pets who have survived or lost their fight with cancer,” said Mattingly. A pet luminaria is $5. Messages to heaven, the White Balloon launch, has become a tradition during the luminaria ceremony. A helium filled white balloon can be purchased for $1 and write a message to a loved one in heaven. During the darkness of the luminaria ceremony, the balloons are launched with a spotlight on them as they drift towards heaven.
Throughout the night, there will be a variety of games and fun laps. Auction items will be on display during the event with the auction taking place Saturday morning at 8 am. There will be plenty of activities through the remainder of the morning. The closing ceremony will take place at noon on Saturday, Juoy 28.
For more information, or how one can participate in Relay for Life, contact Connie Mattingly at 419–560-0062.