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May 2018

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Joining Luminarias, white paper bags holding sand to anchor a candle, are a poignant way to honor someone battling cancer or in memo- ry of someone who lost the battle. They sell for $10 each and can be purchased from any Relay team or through the website, www.relayforlife.org/waynenc. There is also a Facebook page for Relay for Life of Wayne County. Gates open to the public at 4 p.m., with opening ceremony at 6 p.m. The survivors lap kicks off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the caregiv- ers lap at 6:45 p.m. Lighting of the "flame of hope" will be at 6:55 p.m. Kids are invited to participate in a walk around the track at 7:30 p.m. The luminary ceremony takes place at 9 p.m., lighting up the pathway around the track. There are also other specialized laps throughout the evening (see sidebar). From entertainment to food and other vendors displaying their wares, the event remains a great way gather together as a com- munity, Robinson said. The emphasis remains about the importance of research needed to eradicate the disease, she added. Even though, and especially since the survivor rate is growing, it is essential to support the cause and keep the momentum going. One way to do that is by forming teams to participate. Organi- zations, churches and even individuals coming together can further the cause. Volunteers are also welcome to support the effort, she added. "We need volunteers and we need teams," she said. "We need teams to help us in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from all directions and we need teams to help us do that. "We need volunteers to help set up and tear down, to set up luminaries." The theme for this year's event is "Carnival for a Cure," which translates to lots of games being set up, complete with prizes to win and food vendors. Teams can sign up on the website, she said. They will in turn be contacted along the way with information and updates about challenges, fundraisers and sponsorships. Think: church suppers, selling luminaries and purple bows pop- ping up on mailboxes and locations around the county in tribute to Relay for Life. The intensity builds, leading up to the May 18 event, she said. "The entire month of May, we get a proclamation from the mayor that May is Relay for Life month," Robinson said. "The entire month, we ask people to display their purple bows in support of Relay and what we're doing. "We want to get teams involved and the community involved. It used to be that Wayne County was No. 1 in the state. We were the largest event around and we're just trying to work back to that." In addition to supporting research by the American Cancer Society — still considered the most accurate, reputable provider of information on the subject — the goal this year is to provide better access to care for patients and spread the word about the impor- tance of the cancer-preventing HPV vaccines for youth. the Fight the Fight 4 p.m. — Gates open 5 p.m.— super Hero lap 6 p.m. — openinG Ceremony 6:30 p.m. — survivors lap 6:45 p.m. — CareGivers lap 6:55 p.m. — liGHtinG of "flame of Hope" 7 p.m. — Campsite judGinG & team Captains' lap 7:30 p.m. — Kids WalK 8 p.m. — relay royalties lap 9 p.m. — luminary Ceremony 9:30 p.m. — remembranCe lap 10 p.m. — danCe, sKip and Hop lap 11 p.m. — GloW in tHe darK lap 12 a.m. — Wayne County roCKs lap & ClosinG Ceremony Schedule of eventS may 18-19 Joining Continued from page 16

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