Relay for Life event set to kick-off Saturday

Staff Writer

The Relay For Life opening ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday at Adams County Community Schools’ track. Following is a schedule for the weekend events.

On Saturday:
12 p.m. — Opening Ceremony. During this time, all survivors and their caregivers who are present will be recognized and honored. They will take the first lap around the track.The second lap is designated for caregivers and everyone else to join in.
After walking, survivors and caregivers will be asked to visit the survivors tent for light refreshments and to socialize with other survivors and caregivers.
Also set up in the survivors tent will be Karen Baker, Survivors-Caregivers Committee and Breast Cancer Survivor with the  ACS- “Look Good Feel Better Program” sharing valuable and free information.  
6 p.m. — Survivors Lap. There will be upbeat music playing as all cancer survivors at the event will take the first lap around the track. The co-honorees / chairs will lead the lap with caregiver and family members and will carry the Survivors Banner. 
Directly after the Survivors Lap will be the Caregivers Lap. Caregivers, those who have cared for someone with cancer, walk this lap with people they have cared for if present.
6:30 p.m. — Dinner reception for survivors and caregivers at the Survivors / Caregivers tent. The co-honorees / chairs, along with their spouses and immediate family will eat free. All others must pay $5 to eat. Manley’s barbecue meat, salads and other food items will be served.
Dusk — Luminaria Ceremony and the reading of names. The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people who have been lost to cancer and to support people who currently have cancer, or people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope. During this quiet time, the walking around the track will come to a stop but will continue after the reading of the names. 

On Sunday:
9 a.m. — Community wide church service. Tim Timmons will deliver the worship message. The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate those who have committed time and energy during Relay For Life events to fight against cancer each year.
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The 2016 honorary co-chairs are Carey Moser and
Gretchen (Andrews) Summers. An article featuring both honorees will appear in Friday’s edition of the Democrat.