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Relay for Life June 6-7 in Alma

Crawford County Relay for Life will be held on the track at Alma Intermediate School June 6-7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the CCRFL involves area cancer survivors and supporters participating in an overnight community walk.

This year’s theme for the Crawford County event is “Racing for a Cure,” said coordinator Rhonda Lyle.

“Its purpose is to educate people on the American Cancer Society and what it’s all about,” Lyle said. “We’re not about one cancer, we’re about all cancers.”

About nine teams have signed up to camp out and members of each team take turns walking around the track

This year’s event will have food vendors, games, activities and special events going on all through the night, Lyle said.

Each year has a Hero For Hope, though Lyle has not yet confirmed this year’s hero, she said. Whoever is chosen will talk about their experience with cancer directly before the relay starts, and will lead the Survivor’s Lap at 7 p.m.

Once the cancer survivors have completed their first lap, all teams will take to the track to get the relay started.

After dark, those who have purchased a luminary in honor of a loved one who has died from cancer will light it as part of the Luminaria Ceremony. The luminaries then will be snuffed and a silent lap will follow.

Once the ceremonies are complete, team members will trade off walking or running until 7 a.m.

Three race cars from the Crawford County Speedway will be available for viewing during the relay, Lyle said.

“It will be so cool to have those race cars there,” Lyle said. “Even some of the adult kids will enjoy them.”

Activities scheduled for the event include live music, games, a bouncy house for kids, and raffles, Lyle said. Teams also will be selling food, including cinnamon rolls and pizza, she said.

Relay for Life helps raise money for the American Cancer Society through the sale of luminaries and fundraising events leading up the relay.

“Each time we have a relay, each penny we raise gets us that much closer to finding a cure for cancer,” Lyle said.

Money from the event goes toward cancer research; the maintenance of Hope Lodge, which provides free accommodations for cancer patients and their caregivers at locations throughout the U.S.; transportation to treatments for recovering patients; a service that teaches cancer patients how to improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation; and a support system that pairs survivors with newly diagnosed patients.

For more information on the CCRFL, contact Lyle at (479) 206-0209.

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