Cancer never sleeps. That’s why each year the American Cancer Society hosts its annual Relay For Life event in each county where teams spend the evening walking a track in honor of those battling cancer and in memory of those who lost that battle.
Yadkin County Relay For Life will hold its annual overnight event on May 10 on the football field of Starmount High School from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning.
“We want to stress that this is an overnight event and we will have activities for young people and the young at heart, going on all night long,” said Allison Reeves, community manager for the American Cancer Society. “Many of our teams are committed to keeping someone on the track in honor of those who battle and have battled cancer and in memory of those we have lost - to represent that cancer doesn’t sleep.”
There are currently 39 teams registered to participate in the event and 672 individuals. The event has raised $47,092 of its $100,000 goal for the year.
The event will begin with an opening ceremony with words from the family of Meme Brown, a Starmount graduate, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 21 late last year.
Following the opening statements there will be a survivor lap around the track, then a caregiver lap. At 8:45 p.m. the luminaria ceremony will be held in honor of those battling cancer, those who’ve lost their battle or those who’ve survived.
A variety of entertainment will take place through the night to keep the crowd entertained as they continue to walk the track.
At 7 a.m. on May 11 the closing ceremony will welcome Wayne Macemore, the father of the late Austin Macemore, another Starmount graduate who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 19.
A final lap will be walked at 7:45 a.m. and the community is welcomed to join the event for breakfast. Teams who are not able to stay the entire night are also encouraged to return for breakfast and closing ceremonies.
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