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Relay For Life is "supportive and uplifting"



By GWEN SWIGER

For the 25th year, the Bradley County Season for Saturday will be held at the Cleveland High School Stadium in the community. To celebrate this 25-year milestone, the season's theme was "light, camera, healing".

The squadron begins registration at 9:00 am as teams set up their stalls for activities, food and fun. It will be closed at 9pm. After the Luminaria Ceremony

In the second year, Brendan Foley took the lead for the season. He is passionate about his desire to do everything possible to find a cure for cancer. This cure could be the result of some donations collected at events such as the season for life.

At the age of 17, Foley was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After treatment, he was told in 1

979 that he was cancer free.

"I was in the Eaton season," Foley said. Then, "10 years ago, on the 30th anniversary of my cure, I decided to get up, the season was 24 hours, I was running all the time, so I collected money."

He said the squadron had "one I've been involved for a long time and saw the need … I said I can help. "

Foley said," Eaton supports people's efforts to do volunteer work, and the Eaton Foundation donated to our team $ 15,000 I work for a supportive company. "

When talking to groups about the season, Foley says he usually asks the questions," What would you do or do if you find out that a loved one To what extent would you go to help them overcome this cancer?

"Most people say that I would give anything to help them," he noted.

"The time for it (help in combat gen cancer) is now "he said.

He noted, "16,000 Americans are dying of cancer every day, and within eight days we're going to lose more people to cancer than gun violence in the US In just over a month, we'll lose more people to cancer than we do Why is not done anymore?

"This is where the American Cancer Society comes into play. It's the biggest fundraiser for research, "Foley said.

Foley said that the money now being given will help find the cure for cancer.

Foley said the squadron's focus is" supportive and uplifting. "

" We begin the day by honoring survivors with Survivors Lap.

We have created gift bags for survivors. We got a lot of support from local companies, "he said.

"Yes, we raise money for the American Cancer Society, but we're also here to celebrate survivors and their caregivers and remember people who lost the fight," Foley said.

"We wanted to be more interactive for participants and viewers," he said.

There are some new things for the season this year.

"We have inaugurated a 5K, it will take place towards evening, it will start in the stadium, go to the greenway and back," he said.

Registration for Lights the Night 5K takes place at 18:00, race starts at 19:00.

Another of the new events is a Hands-On Jeep Challenge. The person who is the last person with the hands on the jeep will win a nice prize.

At 3 pm there will also be a competition "Movie Star / Character Look Alike". Minute to win games with Walker Valley High School will happen at 1:15 pm. At 18:30, Name That Tune will be. Foley said gifts for the winners are not finished yet. There will also be Zumba with Janet and Yoga on the Green with Studio22 and Raj.

There will be great live entertainment with the Dexter Thomas band at noon, Collins Brother Band at 4pm, the Dirt Road Liars Band at 5:30 pm. and Bad Tattoo Band at 7 pm The Cleveland Middle School Dance Team will perform at 3:30 pm.

The various teams will have activities and games to help them collect more money for the ACS during the season. One of the teams – Peyton & # 39; s – plans to have a bouncy house.

"We try to have plenty of food on the spot," said Foley. "If we bring people here, we do not want them to go out to get something to eat, we'll have barbecue, jambalaya, hot dogs, fresh fruit, lemonade, and more, so the teams will collect extra money Have items that people can donate to participate in a giveaway. "

" The day will end with the Luminaria ceremony. "Luminaria bags are made with names in honor of someone who has cancer or in memory of someone who is fighting lost, adorned, "he said.

The cost of the bags is $ 10.

There is a transition from activities to Luminaria. The names of the persons on the bags are read. Then a final round of the track as Bagpipe "Amazing Grace" ends the season.

Season Schedule

9 am Registration

10 am Seasonal Kickoff:

Survivor Lap

Caregiver Lap

Team Lap

11: 30 o'clock Zumba with Janet

12 o'clock Dexter Thomas Band

13:15 o'clock minutes to victory It Games with WVHS [19659029] 2pm Yoga on the Green with Studio 22 and Raj

3pm Movie Star / Character Look-Alike Competition

3:30 pm CMS Dance Team

4:00 pm Collins Brothers Band

5:30 pm The Dirt Road Liar

6pm Illuminates the Night 5K Registration

6:30 pm Name the Showtune

7pm. Bad Tattoo Band

Lights of Night 5K Start

8pm Luminaria Ceremony

9pm End of Season


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