Relay for Life'ers get walking shoes ready


The annual Relay For Life is set to begin Friday at 6 p.m. with the Survivor Lap at the Cleveland High School track.

In addition to the Survivor Lap, there will be a Luminary Service and the word "hope" will be spelled out in the stands with luminaries, which have been purchased in memory and in honor of loved ones.

Luminaries are $10.

The scrolling of names will honor those who have survived the battle with cancer and remember those who have lost the fight. 

Children will have special activities like bouncy houses.

Nancy Nassar, co-chairman for the Relay For Life event, said, "We have 23 teams registered. It is too late to register, but it is not too late to just come and hang out."

One of the teams is Bolivar Medical spearheaded by Christi Spark.

"Bolivar Medical has had a team for a as long as I can remember. We have family, friends, and co-workers who are either battling cancer or who have loved ones who are fighting it.

"We like to fight the fight," Spark said.

There are 13 members on this team and they have raised $4,100 by hosting several fundraisers. 

"Bake sales, a jewelry sale with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Relay For Life, and a Kiss the Pig contest generated funds.

Bolivar Medical Center employees paid whatever they wanted to see an administrator kiss the pig. Some paid 25 cents and some paid $100.

CFO Jeff Meigs had the most contributions so he kissed the pig," said Spark.

"We couldn't do this without the community and the employees at the hospital and we encourage everyone to come out and have fun," said Spark.

There will also be a 5K and one mile glow run.

Registration is between 7-8:45 p.m. for anyone who is not already registered and wants to participate. 

Some teams will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs to raise funds.

"This will be a good time for families to come out and eat supper and support this cause," said Nassar.

D.J. Donna Gregory will be on hand to provide music for the entire time.

"We hope to raise $75,000 which will go to cancer research," said Nassar.

Nassar is encouraging the entire community to come out and support this cause.

"There is not a person who has not been touched in some way by cancer," said Nassar.

For more information about Friday's Relay For Life, contact Nassar at 719-1210.

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