Relay for Life continues through noon Saturday
The Relay, a celebration of the lives of cancer victims and a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will continue through noon Saturday. More than 38 teams will have walkers on the track throughout the 18-hour event.
Co-chair Jami Fuller said organizers want to make this the biggest event ever.
“Our theme is ‘Relay Big,’” she said. “We want more people involved — more participants, more sponsors, more of the community. The more the merrier.”
After taking their opening lap, survivors will be treated to dinner as teams begin the 18-hour relay walk. A luminaria ceremony, honoring those who have died from cancer, is set for 10 p.m.
Fuller said about 50 cancer survivors had registered by the end of last week, but she’s looking for many more.
“It would be nice to get five times that amount,” she said. “It’s a celebration of their life and health. They’re the reason we do this.”
Fuller said she started participating in the relay seven or eight years ago, when her company sponsored a team. She enjoyed it, so she joined the planning committee.
“It was not for any particular reason at the time,” she said, “but now I continue because of all the people I’ve met along the way — and people I know who’ve suffered from cancer, including other committee members and my mom.”
Registration is free to survivors. To register, call survivors’ chair Heidi Belinsky at 971-237-0486 or just show up at the event. Advance registration is preferred, but not required.
Teams raise funds by collecting donations. There is still time for additional teams to register at www.relayforlife.org/mcminnvilleor.
Teams will set up tents Friday afternoon and camp out overnight. Numerous activities are planned, including children’s games, a movie, Zumba and music.
About $40,000 had been pledged by last week. Fuller said she expects the final total to end up close to $60,000.
To donate or get more information, call Fuller at 971-241-8287 or co-chair Doug Cummins at 971-237-0340.