WHAT: American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Patterson
WHEN: Begins May 17 and ends on May 18
WHERE: Patterson Community stadium, Ward and Salado avenues
DETAILS: Also send name and e-mail address and photos for the slide show to firstname.lastname@example.org
INFO: Selena Lloyd, chairwoman, 648 5546 or www.relayforlife.org/pattersonca to join a team or sign up for a new team or make a donation for luminaries or memorial candle
Relay for Life of Patterson is six weeks away and locals are urged to get donations, practice walking great distances and break out the sunscreen.
Relay for Life is a 24-hour walk event during which participants walk or run on the local track for an hour at a time and take pledges and donations to fight cancer.
Chairwoman Selena Lloyd has announced there are 25 teams of 150 participants registered to date for the May 17 and 18 event. So far, 10 to 20 people are on each team. About $9,100 towards the $65,000 goal has been pledged to date.
Lloyd said only 10 cancer survivors have registered so far and more are welcome to join. The survivors march together in the opening lap of the relay on the Saturday morning.
“We still have time to accept new teams and we are also looking for survivors,” Lloyd said. “It’s getting down to the wire.”
Relay teams have been working all year to collect donations from relatives and friends, and teams have also hosted car washes and yard sales among other fundraisers to raise money. The collected funds will go towards cancer education and research as well as patient support programs.
Organizers want to surpass the $62,284.55 raised last year and collect $65,000.
Over the course of the two-day event, Relay for Life has a variety of entertainment features to keep everyone in good spirits.
One new event offers fun for all ages. It’s the Miss Relay Pageant, a contest where each team is responsible for providing a male team member to dress in high heels and makeup to participate in the pageant. The willing “Miss” will also have to display a talent for the judges to consider.
After the winner is crowned, he will be auctioned to the highest bidder to go on a date, which will raise even more funds for his team.
Other entertainment features include Trinity Dance of Patterson and Spotlight Dance of Newman as well as local bands.
Walnut Grove Elementary School students will run the Kids Zone with plenty of activities to keep the children busy.
Some other local organizations are partnering to bring out great food to the relay participants during Saturday, May 17.
Soroptimist International of Patterson and the Patterson Lions Club are teaming up to cook an omelet breakfast. The breakfast is free to registered cancer survivors and costs $5 per plate for relayers.
Individual teams will provide lunch for a small fee to bring in a higher income for their team’s totals.
The Gridiron Club will also make an appearance on Saturday evening at the cooking station for a barbecue dinner that includes chicken, dinner roll, salad and beans for $7 per person.
Lloyd said the luminaries ceremony on Saturday night, held in memory of those who have died from cancer or in honor of those who have fought the cancer battle and won, is a moving testament to those we love.
The donation is $10 each for the luminaries bags that are placed around the track. Special memorial candles will also be sold for $20. The donation includes a photograph of loved ones with a message that will be placed near the stage.
The Relay for Life organizers are also seeking photos for the luminaries slide show shown on luminaries night.
Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or email@example.com.