Tonganoxie gearing up for Relay for Life
The Tonganoxie Area Relay For Life is set for Friday night at the Tonganoxie Junior High School track.
The 12-hour relay will feature Dr. Matt Stein, a Lawrence oncologist, as its guest speaker.
Jerri Cooper, who is chairing the event, encouraged members of the public to attend the relay, which is a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.
"It is certain, none of us know when cancer will strike the next victim, or who it might be," Cooper said. "I know it was a total shock when I received the diagnosis of kidney cancer 5 1/2 years ago. Your presence does make a difference."
An opening ceremony will be conducted at 7 p.m. It will include a prayer, followed by presentation of the colors by the Knights of Columbus and singing of the national anthem by Luke Paul.
A luminary lighting ceremony honoring the memory of people who have died from cancer and the battle of people who have cancer will begin at 9 p.m. Luminaries are available for $5 by calling Cooper, 369-3979. Names of the honorees will be read during the ceremony.
Cancer survivors are invited to participate in the Survivor Lap, which will kick off the relay. Each survivor, who will be a guest of honor, will be provided with a T-shirt and a small gift from the relay committee. For more information, call Cooper.
Other activities for the evening will include a concession stand, sponsored by First State Bank. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. In addition, Shoemaker Auction Service will auction merchandise donated by local businesses. Sterling Thomas of Oldies 95 radio station also will be featured at this year's event.
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