POINT PLEASANT — The upcoming Relay for Life in Mason County is less than two months away.
The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event takes place Oct. 17 at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School.
This Thursday, volunteers, those interested in joining teams, or creating teams, have an opportunity to sign up and find out more information about being a part of the event.
The Relay for Life Planning Committee/Registration Meet and Greet will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Deli on Viand Street. Drinks will be provided by the deli and food, including cupcakes, will be available for purchase. In addition, there will be door prizes, including a cooler of goodies sponsored by local businesses.
The ACS’s Relay for Life events benefit cancer research and programs for those dealing with cancer. According to ACS, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.
Relay allows local people to raise funds and awareness to battle cancer and culminates in all the Relay teams gathering Oct. 17 at PPJ/SHS. Relays often result in fellowship between people who have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and include a luminary lighting ceremony typically at dusk.
This year, organizers of the Mason County Relay for Life are asking teams to dust off their tents, bring out their tables and chairs because “relayers” are camping at PPJ/SHS during the event which will have a baseball theme of “Strike Out Cancer.”
This week’s meet and greet will be the perfect opportunity for teams to register so they can start planning how they are going to decorate their tent and win the award for best decorated tent. Teams may also set up grills and cook out, sell food for a fundraiser or just have food for their team during the Oct. 17 event.
Organizers are hoping to have a cake walk, prize drawings, Road To Recovery Race, and Mr. Relay, but are still in the planning stages. More information can be found by going to the ACS’s main Relay for Life page and typing in your zip code to find Mason County’s event. Also, like the Mason County Relay for Life’s Facebook page, or go to Thursday’s meeting for more information.
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