Relay for Life this weekend
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Main Street Cadiz alive with car washes, Lake Barkley bouncing with fishing tournaments, and yes, even spelling bees, the season for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life has arrived.

The official event is scheduled to begin with opening ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at the Trigg County School Track and Field Facility. In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors.

One of the opening events will be the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. Co-chairman of the event Dennis Eggers described the event. “It is held in honor of those who have survived cancer, and a memorial to those who have lost their battle. We have white bags, with candles inside around the track, and turn off the lights. Brother Mike Jones of the Oak Grove Baptist Church will conduct a short service. We will have a bagpiper play ‘Amazing Grace,’ then relay team members will light the candles. This is the ‘Procession of Light’ as they march once around the track. We have a number of bags arrayed to spell ‘Hope,’ then during the procession, it changes to read ‘Cure.’ We want to be uplifting as well as to have an event to raise additional funds for the relay. It’s the highlight of the night.”

Eggers said that every name with a luminary would be read “In honor of,” or “In memorial of” and could be purchased until 8 p.m. that evening. For those wishing to have the name on their luminaria read in the service, he suggested that arrangements be made before Friday. Luminaria may be dedicated for the ceremony online at http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=137947#, for a contribution of $5.

He added that the public was welcome at the event, and it would be open to all.

Dannye Wagner discussed the Relay for Life, praising Trigg County’s generosity. “We were number one in the nation per capita last year, as well as number one in the 10,000 to 14,000 citizen range. Last year, we netted a total of $205,000, which is $16.14 per capita for the entire community.”

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