Texas County Relay For Life This Weekend
KSCB News - July 22, 2011 8:10 am
The Relay For Life of Texas County will celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to cancer and fight this terrible disease July 22-23 inside at the Texas County Activity Center in Guymon. The 16th annual event will defend every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community with emotional ceremonies, fun contests and games, team fund-raising, concessions and more.
The 12-hour, overnight event allows everyone to fight cancer, whether they attend for a few minutes, a couple of hours or all night. This year’s theme is “Disney On Relay.”
The schedule begins at 6:30 p.m. when registration opens but people are welcome to drop by the Activity Center throughout the afternoon to bid on the silent auction items, donate to determine if the OU or OSU fight song will be featured, donate canned food for Loaves and Fishes, purchase a luminaria or volunteer to help.
Everyone is asked to sign-in at the registration desk and cancer survivors will receive their purple t-shirts. Anyone under the age 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian in order to participate in activities or remain at the event after 11 p.m.
At 7 p.m. either the OU or OSU fight song will kick-off the Relay, depending on which team collected the most in donations and then Guy Langham, McKensie Helm and Joe Simpson will entertain and the concession stand will open offering frito pie, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and more.
The opening ceremony is set for 8 p.m. followed at 8:30 p.m. by the Celebration Ceremony when area cancer survivors and caregivers will be honored and take the first lap around the indoor track. From then on, each team must have at least one person walking or jogging the track until the event closes but everyone is welome to walk as they read names on the luminaria sacks and visit the team sites.
Survivors will also judge the team sites before the 10 p.m. Remember Ceremony when the lights dim and all activities pause for the lighting of the luminaria sacks to allow participants to recognize the suffering of all cancer patients and the loss of those loved ones claimed by the disease.
The games and contests go full steam ahead at 11 p.m. when team members and participants stay awake with Bingo, Zumba, “alligator” wrestling, fun with food, skits, special laps around the track and other games and contests.
The Fight Back Ceremony will give a call to action at 5 a.m. to remind everyone that fighting cancer is more than a one-night annual event and the Lions of Guymon will serve up a hot breakfast from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. for a free-will donation.
The final prize drawings are set for the closing ceremony at 7 a.m. when the cans of food will be presented to Loaves and Fishes and top teams will be honored as the final tally is announced.
The event is free of charge but all donations go directly to the American Cancer Society to fund research, education, advocacy and direct-to-patient services.
To access patient services, persons may call 1-877-227-1618 and to obtain cancer information and support, residents may visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 24 hours a day. To get involved with the Relay For Life of Texas County, persons may visit relayforlife.org/guymonok or call Jana Harris at 461-5174.