Hancock County Relay for Life to be held Saturday

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It starts at 5 in the afternoon and goes until 11 at night.

After that, representatives from each team will take turns walking the course throughout the evening, raising money along the way. Their last trip for treatment cost about $6,000. One member of the relay team is encouraged to be walking at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps, and neither do they. Cancer patients come from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Relay For Life teaches profound life lessons, Coxsackie-Athens Middle School principal David Proper said.

Catherine says because of what she witnessed she and her children live in constant fear of cancer, but with the help of Dee McCahill at Million Dollar Fitness she has been able to feel more positive.

Funds were raised by teams prior to the event, but those amounts were not yet tallied at press time.

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As of today, the Fulton Montgomery Counties Relay for Life has raised over $53,000 towards a goal of $94,000.

"This year's event theme is 'The Power of Purple.' We want those involved; our volunteers, survivors, sponsors, everyone, to know by coming together and educating ourselves as a community we can help make great strides against this disease that in some way has touched us all", Mojica said. These special laps will kick off the start of the walk. Instead of the event lasting 18 hours it will last eight hours.

Garfield County Relay for Life will have its 21st evening event to celebrate, commemorate and raise money to continue to fight for a cancer cure.

This year's superhero-themed event will include live music, a DJ, an obstacle course, games at different campsites, a food truck, prizes, raffles and more.

New this year, the Antwerp United Methodist Church will have a prayer booth.

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Luminaries were also being sold on site to be displayed at 9 p.m.to honour people who have been afflicted by cancer. "The luminaria ceremony is one of the best parts of Relay. After that, it's the opening ceremonies, and then the relay". It's so touching to listen to the stories and to see the luminaries being lit. "It's so impactful and really represents what Relay is all about", stated McMichael. There is also a prayer and moment of silence.

The program will begin with the introduction of cancer survivors and acknowledgement of the number of years since their cancer journey began. Participants will be given a T-shirt frozen into a ball of ice. It takes place at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Arrive in uniform no later than 7:45 p.m.to walk the track and be recognized for your dedication to the community.

At 2 a.m. there will be a small closing ceremony with awards handed out.

The event is free and open to all. We have had many friends who have had cancer.

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