June 7, 2012

12th Annual Relay for Life Set For June 8th

In most races, the first one to cross the finish line is declared the victor. In this weekend's Relay for Life, everyone is a winner.

The 12th Annual Scotland County Relay for Life will be held on the Memphis City Square June 8th and 9th.

The special evening begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday with the Survivors' Reception to be held at The Place. This event allows cancer survivors who will be honored during the opening lap of the relay to gather early and enjoy some treats and socializing prior to the official start of the race.

Paige McClamroch will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. to perform the National Anthem and officially kick off the Relay.

Area cancer survivors will he honored with the traditional Survivor's Lap, followed by the second lap of the Relay dedicated to these same survivors and all of their caregivers.

"This is an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories we've achieved over cancer," said committee chairperson Diane Tague. "We also recognize and celebrate caregivers at Relay For Life. These individuals give their time, love, and support to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who face cancer."

The committee will then announce the recipient of the Hero of Hope award prior to the announcement of the relay teams.

Following that, at least one member for each of the relay teams, will be completing laps around the square throughout the evening and the following morning.

Walkers and guests alike will be entertained by music throughout the evening courtesy of DJ P.T. Woods.

A wide variety of food items will be available at the various team camps, in addition to games and other fundraisers.

The Relay Committee will be selling raffle tickets for a package of 4 St. Louis Cardinals game tickets.

At 9 p.m. the square will light up with the special luminary service.

"Relay For Life participants, survivors and caregivers remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease through luminaria bags," said Tague.

Simple white luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each one is personalized with the name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.

"Each luminary candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers and so much more," said Tague.

She reminds the public of the June 6th deadline to insure luminaries are displayed in alphabetical order for easy location by guests. Those purchased after that date will have to be added at the end of the luminary line.

Contact Tague at 660-216-5083 for more information.

"We hope to see you the night of the Relay," said Tague. "Bring your lawn chair, enjoy great food, homemade ice cream, baked goods, and support the great cause."

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