Dearborn-Ohio Co. Relay For Life Saturday-Sunday
A crowd at the 2011 Relay for Life at South Dearborn High School.
Dearborn and Ohio Counties Relay for Life
(Aurora, Ind.) – Months of planning and preparation will pay off in more ways than one this weekend at South Dearborn High School in Aurora.
The 2012 Dearborn and Ohio Counties Relay for Life will raise money for the American Cancer Society to battle the disease. Walkers will lap the track at the school for 24 straight hours starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.
Organizers hope for a fun and exciting time, but the excitement is only welcome to an extent. Last year’s event was nearly blown off the track by a strong thunderstorm that damage several tents the night before the start.
“Last year was a little too new and exciting,” joked co-chairwoman Andrea Ewan.
Thankfully, the weather forecast this weekend appears to be far more friendly.
The forecast for the success of the event is looking good, too. So far, there are 681 participants on 45 teams which have raised nearly $14,000, according to the Relay for Life website Friday. The fundraising total will rise through the weekend with a goal of $160,000. Teams can still sign up through the start of the relay.
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“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate survivorship and to remember those who are no longer with us because of cancer,” said Aurora resident Jan Tyler, a 14-year survivor of cancer helping with the relay this year.
The popular luminaria ceremony begins at 9:30. Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer. Participants often walk a lap in silence.
A new wrinkle in the circling of the track is a one-hour footrace around the track from 1:00-2:00 a.m. Sunday. Anybody who is capable of running five consecutive miles is welcome to run in the race. A registration fee will be donated to the cancer society.
“The track is lined with luminaries and it’ll be pretty awesome,” Tyler said.
A cancer survivor luncheon will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, followed by a survivor lap around the track at 1:00. A caregiver lap takes place immediately afterwards at about 1:15.
While the focus of the event is the volunteers walking the track, there are plenty of other activities for visitors. There is a silent auction 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday with tickets to Cincinnati Reds games, tickets to see the races at the Kentucky Speedway, and a host of items donated from local businesses.
Free mammographies will be offered to qualifying individuals by the Susan G. Komen Foundation in a St. Elizabeth Mobile Mammography Van in the high school parking lot. To register a time, call (859) 655-7400.
More information on the 2012 Dearborn and Ohio Counties Relay for Life and its accompanying events can be found at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=37996.