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Relay For Life set for Saturday, June 13

The Relay For Life’s popular adage of “cancer doesn’t sleep, neither do we” will be on full display this weekend.
Community residents will be at Bryant Track Field on the Unicoi County High School campus to take part in the 2015 Relay For Life of Unicoi County on Saturday, June 13.
Activities start at noon at the high school track and last until midnight .
“We’re excited about this year’s Relay for Life,” said Renea Jones-Rogers, chair of the event, during a phone interview with The Erwin Record. “All the teams have been engaged in fundraising and preparing for the event all year long.”
Jones was in attendance during Saturday’s Autorama with a booth along with other members taking part in this year’s Relay for Life. The day also bumped up the total amount of teams setting up to 15, with three signing up this past weekend.
This year’s theme is all about the 1980s, to recognize the 30 years of Relay For Life, Jones said, and one song that will be played during the all-day event is “Lean On Me.”
“It is about a community coming together,” Jones added. “Every year, the community embraces the spirit of Relay and continues to be focused on finding a cure for all types of cancer.”
Proceeds raised by the Relay go to the American Cancer Society (ACS) to help combat the different forms of cancer. Since its inaugural event in 1985, ACS has found cures for certain types of the diseases and provide different types of treatments to fight back, Jones added.
Several bands will take the stage this weekend to provide entertainment. A Cinderella pageant is set for 2:30 p.m. and Mr. Relay will be awarded at 5 p.m. Human fooseball and inflatables are just a few of the different events that will be going on.
The different stages of laps begin at 7 p.m. with the survivors’ lap. The caregiver and team laps follow afterwards.
A tradition of Relay continues at 10 p.m. with the luminaria ceremony. Bags will be placed around the track and be lit to remember and honor individuals who have been affected by cancer. The ceremony also features a silent lap and reading of names before the fight back and closing ceremonies set for 11 p.m.
Two awards will also be presented at Relay, Jones said. The Emma Smith and Michael Clouse awards will be presented to two individuals to pay homage to vital members of Unicoi County.
Final totals of fundraising will also be announced during the event. Participants have the opportunity to donate at the event by visiting a Relay member or visiting a tent with representatives.
The fight doesn’t stop after the Relay For Life ends, Jones added. Unicoi County will continue to take funds until August 30.
While taking donations, the group is currently in the works to put on a 5K Glow Night Run near the end of August. Details are still in the works, but Aug. 27 is being considered.