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Relayers aim to stomp out cancer

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Twenty-three teams with about 300 participants will march in the annual Shelton Relay for Life fundraiser to battle cancer beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and concluding at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Shelton High School's Highclimber Stadium.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, with the official start and opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Festivities will continue into the night with team photos, survivors and caregivers laps, Mr. Relay Contest, and music.

Relay for Life is the world's largest fundraising event to end cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Relays are put on across the globe by the American Cancer Society to celebrate people who have battled cancer and remember loved ones lost.

A member of each team will take their first steps on the track at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the survivors and caregivers will begin to arrive.

The opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. The survivors and their caregivers will step onto the track, and the survivors will be presented with medals. Each survivor and caregiver will be given a purple balloon, which they will release as they begin their ceremonial lap. The Wildcatz and others will cheer them on.

The next lap will be dedicated to the "hometown heroes": law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency responders and veterans.

Between 4 and 10 p.m., attendees can make a donation for a plain, white bag. They can use markers or crayons to decorate the bag in honor of friends, relatives and pets lost to cancer. A can of food will be placed in the bags, which will be placed around the inner track. The bags will be illuminated with tea lights at 10 p.m. during the luminaria ceremony.

Brenda Killian, who has been active with Relay for Life for 16 years and served on the committee for the past 10 years, said she didn't know anyone who had cancer when she got involved. Since then, she's lost a friend, an uncle and aunt within a 24-hour period, and most recently, her father-in-law.

"In talking with people, whether directly involved with Relay for Life or not, their stories have a similar ring of loved ones who lost the battle to cancer," Killian said in a news release. "Then you have the flip side of amazing stories of success and triumph and the celebration of life."


WHO: American Cancer Society

WHAT: Relay for Life Shelton

WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday to 3:45 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Shelton High School Highclimber Stadium

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Original Publication Date: June 23, 2016

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