Back a few years ago, Lincolnton's Relay for Life moved downtown for a year to make the public more aware of the effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year's event will be held where it has been held most years--at Lincolnton High School Stadium--but several downtown businesses have been sporting purple bows and other decorations reminding the public of the Relay for Life event.
Several Relay events have already been held in our area. Davidson College held a Relay for Life event on April 13th. The East Lincoln Relay for Life was held April 20th. Gastonia held a Relay for Life last Friday.
Others are yet to be held including the Cleveland County Relay May 18th in Shelby and the Catawba County Relay June 1st at Conover.
As of Monday (April 30th) the Gaston County event had reported raising $64,797.75; the East Lincoln Relay reported $24,833.60. Lincolnton's Relay was showing $46,843.78. The VT LeeBoy team was the top team by far with their "Pink Paver Project."
Other top teams included Cataler North America, Trinity Lutheran Church, Robert Bosch Tool Company, Messiah United Methodist Church, Battleground School, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Cedar Grover Lutheran Church and Team Timken.
"The competition among teams is fun," said John Dancoff, Relay for Life volunteer, "but the important thing is that we are all raising money to help save lives. Cancer research has already made great strides. More people are celebrating more birthdays because of the work of the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life events.
One thing different this year from the past is that the Survivors Dinner is being held on the same day as the Relay. The Survivors Dinner is scheduled for 4:30 Saturday. The Opening Ceremony is set for 6 PM, followed by the Survivors/Caregivers Walk. The motorcycle Bug Run, a popular event at Relay for several years will leave the stadium at 9 PM. That's also when the Luminary Celebration will occur as luminaries are lit to honor and in some cases remember those who have battled cancer. The Closing Ceremony will be at 11 PM.
Tuesday (May 1st) is Bank Day. Survivors can have their Team Captain pick up their survivors t-shirt at Bank Day or come by Holy Cross Lutheran Church Tuesday from noon to 6 PM and pick them up. Any survivor who hasn't already can also register then.
You don't have to belong to a team or register to be a part of the event Saturday. There'll be food for sale, entertainment and more and everyone is invited to stop by, hopefully make a contribution, and show support for the effort.
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