1,200 sign up for Relay for LifeBy NICHOLE GOLDEN
With nearly 1,200 Coweta residents registered to participate, this evening’s Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society is set to be one for the record books.
The Relay for Life, an overnight walking event, begins at 6 p.m. at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road south of Newnan. Eighty-six teams representing families, churches, schools and businesses will take to the track this evening to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Tradition is that cancer survivors walk the first Relay lap, which will be at 6:20. Survivors will be welcomed at a 4:30 registration at the fairgrounds’ Exhibit Hall. A program of celebration for survivors and their caregivers starts at 5 p.m. and includes a seated dinner.
Newcomer thanks local physicians Dr. Frank Powell, Dr. Vasily Assikis, and Dr. Diana Santiago for their support of Relay for Life, including the survivors’ celebration.
This year’s Relay theme is “Hope Around the World.” Relay highlights will include a Miss-Ter Relay Pageant at 6:55 p.m., a Ken Scott Magic Show at 7:05 p.m. and lighting of the luminaria at 9 p.m. Luminaria in honor or memory of loved ones lost to cancer will be available for purchase until 8 p.m. near the fruit stand.
Kids’ games will get under way at 8 p.m.
Walkers and their supporters will enjoy great music, food and special laps throughout the evening such as a Bunny Hop Lap, Pajama Lap, and the Dance Around the Track Lap.
Relay runs through 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, with the closing ceremony at 5:30 a.m.
For more information on the event or to make a donation to a specific team, go to www.relayforlife.org and complete a zip code search for the Coweta event.