This year's Anderson County Relay for Life is going to be a little different. But the goal will be the same: to fight back against cancer, honor cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle to cancer.
Coming up next weekend on Saturday, May 3 at Westwood High School's Panther Stadium, the event will follow a different schedule — from noon to midnight (instead of a Friday night to Saturday morning format).
“Our goal in changing the time schedule for our Relay event was to make it easier for our survivors and community to participate throughout the entire event and enjoy everything the Anderson County Relay for Life offers,” Relay for Life Chair Kim Thompson told the Herald-Press.
Anderson County Relay for Life organizers have reached out to more than 150 cancer survivors this year via letters, radio and the newspaper.
“Our Relay is all about the survivors.I would encourage all survivors to attend and participate in the celebration of life and enjoy the support of our community,” Thompson said. “Our survivor committee has done a wonderful job to ensure the survivors are treated to a wonderful dinner and event.The medal ceremony will be held following the dinner.”
More than 28 teams are participating with close to 400 participants.
Opening ceremonies will start at noon with Story Intermediate School students singing the National Anthem, followed by the presentation of flags by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 991's Honor Guard and a Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub Scout Pack 440.
Following the invocation and opening remarks, the first cancer survivor/caregiver lap around the track will be held, followed by a balloon release and an introduction to the teams as festivities kick off.
Live entertainment by the Reeves Brothers will start at 2 p.m. A “Fight Back” ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. The survivor's dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the WHS Drama Room. The survivors medal ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., followed by the survivor's medal lap.