Massac County, ACS fight back against cancer with Saturday’s Relay

By Linda Kennedy

On Saturday, hundreds of Massac County residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Massac County to help finish the fight against cancer. The event will take place from 4-10 p.m. on Market Street starting at the Superman Statue.

The master of ceremonies will be Bobby Cook and Steve Schwetman — from Bobby and Steve in the Morning on 93.3 WKYQ — and the DJ will be Josh Fowler.

The Relay For Life program is a community-based event where teams and individuals will set up sites along Market Street and take turns walking up and down Market Street. Each team has at least one participant on the street at all times.

Registration for survivors will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the opening ceremony starting at 4 p.m.  During the ceremony, a representative from Metropolis First Baptist Church will start the event with prayer, followed by the National Anthem being sung by Ammi Russell. The presentation of the colors will also be displayed.

Prior to the survivor’s lap, Josh Stratemeyer, this year’s Relay ambassador who is a testicular cancer survivor, will speak.

Caregivers will also take a celebratory lap, followed by the teams lap.

The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 p.m., remembering those lost to the disease and honoring those still in our lives.

Area residents will have the chance to pay tribute to their loved ones and friends and help fight the disease that claims so many lives.  Individuals do not have to be an actual participant in the luminaria ceremony to take part in this tribute.  With a $10 donation, the names of individuals a donor designates will be printed on a luminaria bags.  The bags then will be placed on Market Street and lit before the ceremony begins.  

Bags may be purchased Saturday afternoon at a booth on Market Street.

Entertainment including bands and children’s games will continue throughout the afternoon and evening, and teams will be selling food.

Lindsay DuBois, community manager for the Massac County Relay For Life, said the teams will be offering something for everyone. “They will be selling porkburgers, barbecue, fried spiral potatoes, nachos, lemon shake ups, Dip’n Dots and more.”

 “We will also have drawings for items, such as a quilt, and hair stylists will be doing cuts for donations from 5-7 p.m.,” added DuBois.

Earlier that day, a survivor’s breakfast, hosted by Psi Eta Sorority, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 307 Massac Creek Rd.  The breakfast will recognize local cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Four million people participated in more than 6000 events worldwide last year. The funds raised support groundbreaking cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer.

 “It is not too late to for community member to get involved in the event or make a donation to the Relay For Life of Massac County,” added DuBois.

 For more information, visit relayforlife.org/massacil, facebook.com/RelayForLifeMassacCo or call 800-227-2345.