Purple will be the dominant color again July 25 and 26 as participants engage in the fifth annual Relay for Life of Fallon County. The color purple represents every type of cancer which is why it is the color for Relay for Life.
Posted Friday, July 18, 2014
By Lori Kesinger
Purple will be the dominant color again July 25 and 26 as participants engage in the fifth annual Relay for Life of Fallon County. The color purple represents every type of cancer which is why it is the color for Relay for Life. A concert by the E-Free band from 5:00-7:00 p.m. will start the event Friday at the Roger Schmidt Amphitheater in Baker. The survivor’s supper will be held under the big tent from 5:00-6:30 p.m. with meat provided by Reynolds, salads and rolls by the planning committee, and cake by Debi Wiman. The opening ceremony will start at 7 p.m. with a special unannounced cancer caregiver speaking about the disease.
Ten teams and 109 participants are currently registered for the Relay and have thus far raised $42,297.86 in donations. The first lap around the track will be the survivor’s lap, in which all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track celebrating their victory over cancer. All cancer survivors in the community are invited to attend and as survivors are considered guests of honor.
Teams will camp out and team members will take turns walking or running around the track throughout the night. Cancer never sleeps so a team member will be on the track at all times. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some will also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the Relay. A variety of great food, items, raffles, door prizes and activities will be offered by the teams this year. “The public is invited to come and enjoy the event even if they are not on a team. They can even take a lap or two,” said Kay Wiman, Relay for Life co-chair.
The luminary ceremony will take place after sundown at 8:30 p.m. to honor local cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease. Candles are lit inside personalized bags and are placed around the track as glowing tributes to those who have been affected by cancer.
Rollie Metz from Minot, ND plans to return with his big kites flying over the event, and the Rock Jocks will provide music throughout the night. Kruger’s Kitchen will begin serving a free will donation breakfast at 3:30 a.m. and the blessing and closing will be at 6:45 a.m. with the last lap at 7:00 a.m., Saturday, July 26.
Relay for Life brings millions of people together every year across America to raise funds for the awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and patient support. It also brings people together from all walks of life with the common goal of eliminating cancer. “The Relay for Life is so important for help in research. People will die if we don’t have research,” said Wiman.
No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at the Relay. Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this event are making a commitment to let Fallon County know cancer can be defeated. Information about becoming involved in the Relay for Life can be obtained by contacting Kay Wiman at 406-778-3162, Cindy Atkins at 406-778-2279, Relay for Life of Fallon County Facebook page or www.relayforlife.org/fallonmt.
Almost everyone knows someone who has had cancer, so even if you can’t make the event there are ways you can show your support. Show your colors in support of people you know are survivors and share the memory of those who have lost the battle.