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Families and friends use hearts and feet to fight cancer

June 3, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

In its 25th year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tama County.

Teams will gather at the South Tama High School track on Friday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include co-workers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.

Many fun events are planned for the children. There will be a Bounce House and a special Children's Activity Tent. Music will fill the air to celebrate the fight against cancer.

Schedule for Relay For Life of Tama County June 12, 6:00 P.M. Opening Ceremony; Presentation of Colors, Survivors' Lap, Caregivers' Lap

6:30 P.M. Silent Auction begins

7:00- 8:00 P.M. Locks of Love donations

8:00 P.M. Bake Sale Walk

8:30 P.M. Silent Auction ends

9:00 P.M. Luminaria Ceremony

10:00 P.M. Fight Back Ceremony; Balloon Relay Races

11:00 P.M. Frozen T-shirt Contest; Massages

12:00 A.M. Karaoke

1:00 A.M. Tug-O-War

2:00 A.M. Poker Lap

3:00 A.M. Bracelet Lap

4:00 A.M. PJ Lap

5:50 A.M. - Closing

"Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we've lost, and fight back against the disease," said Cindy Roland, committee member. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors that have been touched by cancer," she added.

The public is also invited to attend the Luminaria Ceremony, which will take place after sundown. To honor the community's cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminaria while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminaria can be obtained from Karen Symonds 319-476-7762 in Dysart, Cindy Roland(641-484-6067 in Tama, and Luane Lorenzen 319-231-0820 in Traer.



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