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Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

Relay For Life returns Friday, Saturday at CCHS track

June 17, 2009
The Crawford County Junior-Senior High School track is the place to be Friday and Saturday, as Relay For Life kicks into overdrive with the theme "Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back" commemorating the 25th anniversary of the annual event.

"We will begin the Relay at 4 p.m. on Friday," Bill Helms, chair of the event, said. "And our opening ceremony will be at 6 p.m. That's when we'll have the Survivor Lap, where cancer survivors and caregivers get survivor shirts and take to the track. There will also be a Luminaria Lap when we will read the names of survivors and 'in memory of' names. We will also have a three-point shoot-out in the gym on Friday evening that is open to high school and out-of-high school folks."

There are several events scheduled to take place during the Relay, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, including a band called the Purple People Eaters that will capture people at the Relay and force them to play in their band until someone ransoms them or they pay the ransom themselves. One of the teams will offer a "foot massage" for weary walkers or anyone who enjoys a massage. There will be teams making buttons, doing face painting and sand art, and selling "Lap Necklaces" to help walkers keep track of how far they've walked.

Each team has been assigned a "Color of the Relay." The teams will decorate using that color and share information regarding the cancer that is represented by that color, such as pink for breast cancer and teal blue for ovarian cancer. Everyone is encouraged to visit each tent to see their decorations and learn something about the various types of cancer.

Teams will sell carnival-type foods. There will be corn dogs, hot dogs, nachos and cheese, walking tacos, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, homemade ice cream and candy, "Colors of the Relay" sugar cookies and drinks.

"We hope to raise $50,000 this year," Helms said. "And we need more teams. This is a good time for families, and all ages are welcome. There are already over 200 people registered to walk. And the event will be held rain or shine."

All of the teams will have theme baskets for the silent auction, which will be held in the gym from 5 p.m. to midnight. Other items that will be offered at the auction include a piece of furniture from DMI in Huntingburg, a Cracker Barrel rocker, cornhole games, Vera Bradley purses, a Vera Bradley wallet, a hand-quilted wall hanging, two boat rides from Gilligan's Boats at Patoka Lake, a massage from Massage and Body Works in Corydon, handcrafted jewelry by Jennifer, a hand sander and a Family All-Sport Pass to Crawford County High School.

Members of the Milltown Fire Department will assist with parking, and survivors will be able to park close to the track.

For more information, call Helms at 633-4294.

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