All-night walk is Friday

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Cancer never sleeps, and for one night, local efforts to help fund a cure won’t either.

The 13th Annual Relay For Life of Wise County is Friday at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur.

Opening Lap

OPENING LAP – Cancer survivors kick off the 2013 Relay For Life of Wise County festivities with an opening lap. This year’s event will be Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The event begins with a reception for survivors at 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 survivors and their caregivers will walk the first lap of the all-night event.

A luminaria ceremony in honor of those who have battled cancer and as a symbol of hope that someday a cure is found, is at 9 p.m., and a Fight Back pep rally is at 11 p.m.

Throughout the night, there will be various games including a scavenger hunt, Jell-O eating contest, three-legged race, egg-on-spoon relay and Miss Relay pageant.

Teams will sell items at their campsites to raise money. A few of the fundraisers include tacos, corn, fresh fruit waters, baked goods, brisket sandwiches, scarves, all-natural dog treats and raffle tickets for various prizes.

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

JRob’s trainers will lead a session of yoga at 5 a.m., and cleanup begins after a closing ceremony at 6:30 a.m.

Longtime attendants will notice a few changes. This year, teams will set up their campsites on the field inside of the track, instead of around the perimeter fence.

Organizers have also secured a DJ who is expected to engage the crowd and cultivate a livelier atmosphere.

The public is invited, even if they are not on a team.

“I would like to extend an invite to all of you that have not chosen to join us this year,” said Gina Tackett, team retention chair for Relay For Life of Wise County. “Please come out and just take a look around. Hopefully you will like all the changes we have made and will join us next year.”

For information, call Event Chair Stephanie Kott at 940-393-3165.

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