Locals should get donations and pledges together and have friends and family join a team to walk or run around the local track for the 24-hour event.
During Relay for Life, participants walk or run on the local track for an hour at a time and take pledges and donations to fight cancer. Teams consist of up to 24 participants and each team raises money in its own way.
Relay For Life Chairwoman Selena Lloyd reported as of Tuesday, May 13 there are 27 teams and 276 participants who thus far have raised $23,772.48 towards the $65,000 goal.
Lloyd also said that to date there are 48 survivors registered so far and more are welcome to register the day of the event. In a moving tribute, the survivors march together in the opening lap of the relay on the Saturday morning.
Relay teams have been working all year to collect donations from relatives and friends. Teams were able to do so with various fundraisers ranging from car washes to yard sales and donation drawings.
Over the course of the two-day event, Relay for Life has a variety of entertainment features to keep everyone motivated. There’s even a Kids’ Zone to keep youngsters busy during the two-day event.
Service clubs are partnering to cook up food for the weekend. Soroptimist International of Patterson and the Patterson Lions Club are teaming up to cook an omelet breakfast that is free to cancer survivors (and one caregiver). The cost is $5 per plate for everyone else. Individual teams will provide lunch for a small fee to bring in more funds for their team’s totals.
The Patterson Gridiron Club will also be cooking up a great meal on Saturday evening. The dinner will consist of a chicken, dinner roll, salad and beans for $7 per person.
The luminaries’ ceremony on Saturday night will take place in memory of those who have died from cancer, or in honor of those who have fought the cancer battle and won.
The donation is $10 each for the luminaries’ bags that are placed around the track. Special memorial candles, a $20 donation, include a photo of the loved one with a message, and will be placed near the stage. The Relay for Life organizers are also seeking photos for the luminaries’ slide show shown on luminaries’ night.
For information, Selena Lloyd, chairwoman, 648-5546.