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Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:08 AM


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DELPHOS—This is the 11th year for the Delphos Relay For Life, which is an 18 hour organized overnight community-based walking and running fundraising event. The relay will begin at 6 p.m. and take place at the Arnold Scott Memorial Track at Jefferson Senior High School in Delphos.

The history of the event started in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

Chairperson Cindy Metzger explained that the event is a year-round project and describes the relay as a “day in the life of a cancer patient.


“We should surpass our million-dollar goal as we look to our community to help us achieve donations of $88,000.”


Currently, the Delphos Relay For Life encompasses 20 teams and 170 individuals who have already raised close to $64,000 this year.

The teams camp out around a track and take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie.

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised through the relays make an impact in the fight against cancer and the proof is that there are 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year.

The opening ceremony kicks off the two-day relay with cancer survivors and caregivers taking the track for the first lap at 6:15 p.m. During the Survivors Lap, all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track.

Relay For Life events also recognize and celebrate caregivers, who give time, love and support to their friends, family, neighbors and coworkers facing cancer.

Following the Survivor lap, there will be teams walking the track during the 18 hour relay who have set up tents and will be selling food and raffle tickets. Throughout the night there will be special laps including a Scrabble, glow stick/flashlight, crazy hats, Friendship for a Cure – Pretty Pretty Princess and sports- themed laps.

Friday evening, Ultrasound inflatables will be up and ready to bounce beginning at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Silent Auction begins, with bidding ending Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Late-evening events on Friday include a Mini Relayers Lap at 9 p.m., followed by a Luminaria Ceremony at 9:30 p.m.

“The Luminaria Ceremony pays honor to survivors and loved ones who passed from cancer,” Metzger said.

Luminaria are paper bags containing votive candles illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event and personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant.

Music will be playing throughout the evening with The Deuces Wild Band, taking the stage at 6:30 p.m., and DJ Old School playing tunes at 10 p.m. There will an array of fun and games all night, including line dancing at 1:30 a.m. and a Rooster Crowing contest at 6:30 a.m.

On Saturday, the 5K Race Day Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10 with no shirt guarantee. The 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. and the 1 Mile fun run/walk relay will begin at 8:30 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each 5K age bracket.

At 11 a.m., the Silent Auction winners will be announced. Hearts in Motion will perform a dance routine with the closing ceremonies taking place at 11:30, with a closing lap at 11:45 and Hope Floats - Balloon to Heaven Launch at noon.

“ The event free and open to the entire community,” Metzger said. “ It is a smoke- and alcohol-free event.”

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Last Updated on Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:05 AM

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