E-T Staff Report
The 11th Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Erath County, set to begin at 7 p.m. tonight, at Stephenville City Park is a celebration of cancer survivorship and a fun way to raise the vital funds needed to help find a cure for cancer. The event will celebrate the lives of hundreds of local residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure. Some 400 walkers are hoping to raise $105,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
“The event will begin with a survivors’ lap where hundreds of cancer survivors will take a victory lap around the track. The involvement of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment,” said Christi James, community development manager for the American Cancer Society. A candlelight ceremony also takes place to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against this disease. The candle lighting will begin at 9 p.m., and luminaria bags for the ceremony can be purchased at the event until 8 p.m.
Erath County residents will have a unique opportunity, this year only, to participate in a cancer research study. To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society’s Department of Epidemiology & Surveillance Research is recruiting 500,000 adults across the United States and Puerto Rico for a new research study, the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The Erath County Relay for Life will be one of 64 sites around the country where individuals can enroll in the study, James said. Enrollment will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at Stephenville City Park and is open to anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help us better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, and ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health concern. You do not have to be on a team to participate in the study.
Relay for Life is an all-night community event bringing together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods, and businesses - all with the same goal of curing cancer. Teams of walkers keep a continuous presence on the track throughout the night, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
A full agenda of entertainment is planned, including music, team fundraising activities, fun theme laps and contests all night long.
Schedule of events:
6 p.m. — Cancer prevention study (CPS-3), open enrollment until 10 p.m. 7 p.m. — Welcome, introductions, prayer, National Anthem led by Kaylee Davis 7:15 p.m. — Survivor lap & caregiver lap
Cancer Survivor Honorees speak
Cancer Survivor Celebration Reception
7:45 p.m. — Team roll call, walkers begin
Treasure Island Scavenger Hunt
Senior Citizens Dancers
8 p.m. — Lap theme, The Incredibles, dress the super hero part
Essays, Valerie’s Gym, Happy Gilmore hole in one contest
8:30 p.m. — Cross Country Band 9 p.m. — Luminary ceremony 9:30 p.m. — Lap theme, Madagascar, wear your favorite animal print or animal costume Kids Hour — cake walk (ages 13 & under), hula hoop contest, Twister 10 p.m. — Lap theme, Hair Spray, (Let’s see some BIG Texas Hair), PDA (1st Assembly Praise Band) 10:30 p.m. — A star is born talent contest ($50 entry fee, register by 9:30)
11 p.m. — Lap theme, All Shook Up, Elvis is in the house 11:15 p.m. — Beach party relay 11:30 p.m. — Jeremy Harlow performs
midnight — Lap theme, Pirates of the Carribean, parade in pirate gear
Midnight Madness Begins:
Games by Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital Pantyhose Derby by First Financial Bank Cody Gill Band 12:45 a.m. — Walk the Line cake walk 1 a.m. — Lap theme, Saturday Night Fever, get out those disco duds
Dance contest on the big screen
2:30 a.m. — Caddy Shack potato sack race 3 a.m. - Tarzan, call of the wild contest 3:30 a.m. — Rowdy Luminaria pick up 4:30 a.m. — Relay auction 5:30 a.m. — Closing ceremonies