By Rob McDaniel
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The Laurel County chapter of the American Cancer Society will hold their annual Relay For Life starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Laurel-London Optimist Club. The event will continue until 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
The event will celebrate the lives of those affected by cancer, remember those who have lost the battle, and raise money to fight back.
Event Chairwoman, Nikki Sizemore said this year's Relay For Life will be special because it will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society.
Survivor registration will begin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the Relay will begin with an opening ceremony, recognition of cancer survivors, a few words from London Mayor Troy Rudder and a survivor lap around the track.
Other activities will include a balloon release, a fight back ceremony, luminary ceremony, a silent lap in memory of those who lost the battle against cancer, a musical performance by Gabrielle Weelehan, a birthday celebration and cake.
“This year, we’re doing a pie eating contest, the teams will compete in a box car relay race, they’ll make up and perform a rap song,” Sizemore said. “Also, back by popular demand, we’ll have the ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady’ event.”
Sizemore encourages everyone to come out and participate in the event, whether by walking, donating money or by volunteering to help.
“We’re looking for high school and college students to come out around 5:30 p.m. to do some volunteer work,” Sizemore said. “They’ll be setting up chairs for the cancer survivors and things like that. We’ll provide them with an official American Cancer Society certificate with the amount of hours they volunteered on it.”
In addition to the events listed, the Laurel County chapter of the American Cancer Society will be introducing new chair members during the event.
For more information on the upcoming Relay For Life event, visit their webpage at www.relayforlife.org/laurelky.