It’s Relay For Life season again and things are a little different this year for residents of Scotland County. For the first time in over 15 years, there will not be a Relay on our courthouse square.
Leadership at American Cancer Society met in September 2016 with the result being a commitment to double their research budget. In order to make this happen, some tough choices were made to allocate their resources where the funds do the most good, and Scotland and Schuyler County did not meet the criteria due to waning participation in recent years.
However, undeterred, the Green Acres team from Scotland County decided to soldier on and searched for a new Relay home in a neighboring community that was still hosting an event.
Knox County welcomed the group with a great deal of enthusiasm and a wonderful partnership was born.
“The committee there is not only welcoming the team from Scotland County, but our survivors, caregivers and supporters as well,” said team member Christina Schroeder.
The Knox County Relay For Life will be held on June 9th on the west side of the square in Edina, Missouri. The survivor reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. with the kickoff of the festivities commencing at 6 p.m. with invocation by Dan Hite of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, followed by the traditional Survivor and Caregiver laps. The Relay features a silent auction of baskets donated by the teams, a walkless cake walk, a Pie in the Face Auction conducted by Memphis native Brock Meeks, and tons of entertainment for all ages. Transportation for any Survivors who would like to participate will be available through the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance and can be arranged by leaving a message at the Baptist Church at 465-2060.
Luminaria are part of the Relay experience to honor a loved one who lost their battle with cancer or honor someone who fought the good fight and won.
“Scotland County will have the chance to participate in the lighting ceremony just as we always have by ordering our luminaria and having them placed on the square in Edina,” said Schroeder.
Forms will be available in the Memphis Democrat on May 25th, at some local businesses and through the Green Acres team captained by Schroeder and Josie Green.
“In order to coordinate with our Knox County counterparts to allow for alphabetizing of the names, we ask that these be mailed or hand-delivered to the address provided by no later than June 4th,” said Schroeder.