LOGAN — The National Cancer Institute states nearly 40 percent of the world population will eventually be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
Various other statistics showing 2016 is likely to bring more than 1.6 million new cancer cases expose disturbing trends in the same area; however, a landmark event continues to stand bravely in the face of cancer while providing hope and a sense of community — Relay For Life of Logan County is fast approaching.
The event is set to start 6 p.m. on June 3 at football field on Midelburg Island in Logan.
Relay for Life 2016 will begin with a special lap around the track for cancer survivors. Golf carts will be available for those unable to walk around the track.
A separate tent will also be erected honoring cancer survivors. Survivors are who visit the tent will be treated to interaction with other survivors, a Relay for Life survivor shirt, games and refreshments.
Games will be staged until 8 p.m. when fundraising teams for Relay For Life will take the track for a special lap.
Relay for Life fundraising teams have been staging bake sales, selling shirts and conducting tag events throughout the area.
Many local businesses have also pledged support for fundraising teams.
The Relay for Life of Logan County has a funding raising goal of $26,900.
Awards are also presented to fundraising teams. The “Spirit of Relay” award is given to the team that shows the most spirit, and an award for best decorated campsite is also presented to the team that best represents this year’s “Disney” theme.
At 9:30 p.m., a “luminaria” ceremony will begin where the entirety of the track around the football field will be lined with paper bags illuminated with glow sticks and the word “hope” will also be spelled out on the bleachers using slow sticks in bags.
Bags for the luminaria ceremony can be purchased for five dollars.
“The Logan County Commission…brings drug court and day report clients, and they come over and help us setup to the tents and stage. The City of Logan has been amazing. Mayor Nolletti has been very cooperative,” stated Kay Browning, sponsorship chair for Relay for Life of Logan County.
Anyone with questions about Relay for Life of Logan County or volunteering for the event can contact Kay Browning at 304-687-8489.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]