The Courthouse Relay For Life will begin Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m. and run until 8 a.m. Sunday at L.C. Bird High School.
The community is invited to join participants for 23 hours of activities, including local bands, food, a car raffle, a silent auction, hair donations, a survivor lunch, a survivor walk, games, prizes, a kid’s walk and much more. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/courthouse.
“This is just about as family-friendly an event as you’ll ever come across,” Cheryl Willis said. Willis said she went to her first walk years ago at the suggestion of a friend whose father was a cancer survivor. It rained the entire time, she said, and she was impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the walkers.
“This is a rain or shine event, because the cancer doesn’t care about the weather,” she said. When one of her close relatives survived stage-four cancer thanks to a new treatment, she was even more committed to the relay, she said.
So far, more than $47,000 has been raised and nearly 800 people and 47 teams are set to participate in the event, the walk’s website says.
A special tribute to former L.C. Bird chorus teacher Margaret Gregory by the high school’s chorus will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday. At that point, the lights will go down and the track will be lined with luminaria in memory and honor of those who have battled cancer, Willis said.
The kid’s walk will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, she said. The track is cleared of all adults, and having the track all to themselves seems to be a real thrill for the young walkers, Willis said.
“If you’ve never been to a relay, you need to come,” she said. “There’s just so much love and camaraderie and excitement.”