BATESVILLE — Ripley County Relay for Life committee members and teams are getting ready for the annual 24-hour event.
“We do not have a specific theme this year,” reports event chair Jeni Schnebelt. “The committee decided early on to have a purple party instead to focus on the courage it takes to fight cancer!
“Right now we have 27 teams registered, but hope to have more .... We have 263 participants registered through these 27 teams.”
The Cross Plains resident reveals, “We have a full 24 hours of family fun activities planned. There will be live bands, kids’ games and activities, Relay's Got Talent, purse auction, silent auction, Relay Olympics and so many more activities ..,. There will also be lots of wonderful food being served.”
Participants will also see some changes. One of the most noticeable “will be that we have moved the survivor tent next to the track, so that they can be a part of all of the activities going on. This will also offer a covered area with tables and chairs for everyone to come and sit to watch the activities happening on the stage. We are having a ‘Coneys for a Cure’ lunch and a barbecue dinner, in addition to all of the other food being offered, and we have a team performing massages for $1 per minute for the entire 24 hours.”
Survivors are the VIPs at the event. “After opening ceremonies, we turn our attention to the survivors by them walking the first lap around the track and lighting the relay torch, while being honored and applauded by all participants and guests. Being a part of the survivors lap allows them to celebrate what they have overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to take up the fight against this disease.
“Following that lap, a breakfast is hosted in their honor, where they receive special T-shirts and gift bags. Survivors are the proof that cancer can be fought and won!” she points out.