Cancer Research's Race for Life Ascot takes place on July 22

Christian County is ready to "paint the town purple" this week as Relay for Life held a balloon release kickoff Monday afternoon at the Christian County Justice Center. And their sponsorship continues as Relay expands to a new location. "While we've loved the stadium it doesn't have any shade or inside areas to cool down".

For Futrell, Relay for Life isn't just an event - it's personal for her. "The downtown businesses and committees have welcomed us with open arms". The cars will be on display at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and an award will be given to the best vehicle on the track.

"It's not too late to come to the luncheon even if you aren't registered because you can register there", Young explained.

"We hope that we made a difference in the cancer journey of local cancer patients in some way". More than 30 teams have already signed up and they have raised more than $41,000.

"In terms of goals we probably have about six hundred people here tonight which is incredible". "But our teams are very strong and have been working so hard".

"It's an eye opener to be a part of those and it's emotional, so if anyone is able to come out and support them, I know that they appreciate it", added Ryan. "Each team will be having a fundraiser at their tent,"she said". "Like" the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/relayforlifeofmiamicounty for other updates.

"There's so much more grass there [at Harmon Park] for the kids to play in, and we'll have tons of games for kids", Greene County Relay For Life Co-Chair Karen Cremeens said Wednesday. It replaces a live auction, but there will be a silent auction and items will be displayed at each teams' site. The small paper lanterns allow participants to honor friends or family members fighting cancer or to remember people they've lost.

Survivor registration starts at 4 p.m.

The race fee is $15 per individual or $35 for a family of four. The Wickham Woodpeckers took the lead in terms of fundraising, contributing a final total of $14,663. "We can not do this alone - we need to work together to end this frightful thing called cancer, that has sadly affected us all". "I'm a cancer survivor".

“Both counties have been doing Relay since the year 2000 and both counties have raised over a $1 million dollars each, ” Frank said. "We are looking forward to Relay this year", Luna said.

Zabala noted that while everyone is affected in some way by cancer, she and Rigsby also pointed out competition from many other non-profits and organizations who are also raising funds.

  • Joanne Flowers