Osage County to ‘give cancer the boot’ at annual Relay For Life

It’s a fight that thousands of people face every day, all day. But once a year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries join forces to take on an all-night battle to raise funds and to help save lives from cancer. The Relay For Life reminds everyone that although the battle is being won, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

Osage County’s Relay For Life begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lyndon High School track, with this year’s theme urging participants to “Give Cancer the Boot!”

As of Thursday, 16 teams and 100 participants had signed up for the all night march around the track, and have already raised $20,457.90.

A silent auction begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, but the Relay’s opening ceremony at 6 p.m. is the first of several ceremonies held throughout the night to remind walkers the reason they’re there.

The American Cancer Society describes the ceremonies’ significance as follows:

The Opening Ceremony, 6 p.m., brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer and to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress. The opening ceremony includes the Survivors Lap, when upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

The Luminaria Ceremony, 7:45 p.m., is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

The Fight Back Ceremony, 11:45 p.m., symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to the fight against cancer. The action we take represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

The Closing Ceremony, 5:30 a.m., is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

Between ceremonies, and throughout the night, a variety of activities are planned, including games and prizes. The night-long fight against cancer ends at 5:30 a.m. with breakfast and an awards presented.

The schedule for the Osage County Relay For Life:

  • 5 p.m. – Silent auction begins.
  • 6 p.m. – Opening Ceremony presented by Osage County co-chairs Julie Trout and Angie Gardner. Invocation will be given by Terry Bullock, and the guest speaker will be Tammy Patterson, ARNP, of Newman Family Medicine.
  • 7 p.m. – Relay American Idol.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Top fundraising individual awards.
  • 7:45 p.m. – Luminaria ceremony begins with names read by Jim Gardner and Jennie Long.
  • 9:15 p.m. – Tiki torch lap.
  • 9:45 p.m. – Silent auction ends; cookie walk.
  • 10:30 p.m. – Queen of Relay.
  • 11 p.m. – Scavenger hunt.
  • 11:45 p.m. – Fight back ceremony.
  • 12 a.m. – Pizza.
  • 12:30 a.m. – Candy ball.
  • 1 a.m. – Minute to Win It.
  • 2 a.m. – Egg toss.
  • 2:30 a.m. – Noodling around.
  • 3 a.m. – Line dancing.
  • 4 a.m. – 3-legged race.
  • 4:30 a.m. – Poker lap.
  • 5 a.m. – Clean up.
  • 5:30 a.m. – Breakfast, punch card prizes, team awards.

For more information, contact county chair Julie Trout at [email protected] or 785-608-8732, or Carolyn Zeller, community manager, at 785-438-5610.

The Lyndon High School track is located at 412 E. Sixth St., Lyndon.

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