The Relay for Life ship is about to port for its annual visit to Nunley Stadium.
The celebration is set for this Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. with a performance from the popular On the Road Again Show. It will end at midnight following a performance from the Joe Harvey Band.
“I’m a five-year cancer survivor and I’m a survivor because of research,” said Carla Savage, this year’s Relay for Life chair. “All the money raised at Relay goes for cancer research and that’s why I’m such a big supporter of it. This has always been a heartfelt, touching event.”
Relay for Life brings together a spectrum of emotions. The survivor’s lap is a time for reflection and the luminaria ceremony is a time for remembrance. In between those moments are everything from dunking booths to fried pies.
Savage says there are right at 25 Relay teams scheduled to have booths around the Nunley Stadium track. They will be offering everything from carnival-type games to banana pudding.
Savage said some of the menu items she’s heard that will be prepared at food booths are: BBQ, loaded potatoes, hamburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, and beans and cornbread.
“We always have great food and there will be great entertainment this year.
The schedule follows closely to previous years.
5 p.m. – On the Road Again Show
6:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
7 p.m. – Survivor lap
8 p.m. – Auction
10 p.m. – Luminaria ceremony
10:30 p.m. – Joe Harvey Band
Midnight – Closing ceremony
Warren County residents have always given generously to make our local event a big fundraiser. It has generated in the neighborhood of $150,000 during banner years.
Savage says Relay is poignant because so many people know cancer survivors or cancer victims. As a survivor of melanoma, Savage says it’s important to take precautions in the sun.
“Wear hats and wear sunscreen,” she said.