The American Cancer Society’s annual Jefferson County Relay for Life community event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Ridgway High School at 1501 W. 73rd Ave.
Leslie Humphrey of the American Cancer Society said an opening ceremony will be followed by a survivors lap and caregivers lap at 6:10 and 6:15, respectively, a luminaries ceremony at 9 p.m., a fight-back ceremony and a closing ceremony at midnight. Up to 400 people are expected to participate.
“This is such an important event for everyone who has ever been affected by cancer,” Humphrey said. “This isn’t an event that is just a ‘get together,’ but it is an event that brings everyone together in Jefferson County together for one purpose — to help find a cure for cancer.”
Bettye Johnson, the event’s publicity director, said Relay for Life not only makes possible supportive funding for cancer patients, but also provides a means of recognizing cancer survivors and those battling the disease.
Johnson said food booths serving such items as hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, cookies and candies will be operating, and hit music will be played by a disc jockey who will be overseeing events.
Attendees will be invited to enter into the laps and may wear a relay T-shirt, decorated cardboard box, duct tape or a flower power costume. Hula dancing and backward laps will also be encouraged in what Johnson described as an evening of family fun.
Along with a scavenger hunt and hula dance, hula hoop and limbo contests, there will be a frozen T-shirt competition, in which teams of two or three will have to break away ice and then race to be the first to remove and put on a frozen T-shirt.
Children will be able to play go fish, fish bowl and blind artist. Jumpy houses will be in operation, as will as jail for bail.
The luminaries ceremony is designed to honor loved ones and others who have had battles against cancer. For more information on participating in this event, call Jamie McCombs at 870-541-7662 by Wednesday.