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Four new teams signed for Relay

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By Molly Haines

Plans are being finalized with less than two months to go before Owen County’s 11th annual Relay for Life.

Relay for Life is held each year in Owen County in support of cancer survivors, as well as its victims. The event will be held May 29-30 at  iTron Field.

Co-Chair for the event, Jenny Duncan, said this year’s Relay for Life will see four new teams, with a total of 18 teams.

“Our teams will come and camp all night,” Duncan said. “Someone from each team will be present on the track at all times.”

Duncan said she is pleased with the fiscal court’s decision to finish the track at iTron Field.

“Had the track stayed like it was, none of our survivors or our elderly team members could have walked it,” Duncan said. “Not only will the track being finished benefit our event, but it will also benefit the park and everyone who uses it.”

“KU is going to put up lights around the track,” Duncan said. “Luckily the parks department has agreed to pay the bill. Once again, that will not only benefit Relay for Life, but anyone who uses the track at night.”

“Planning is a lot of work,” Duncan said. “We start planning in November and iTron does a fund-raiser throughout the year. It’s really a year-round effort.”

Duncan said this year’s entertainment will provide something for people of all ages.

“The Robinson Family will be there again this year,” Duncan said. “We’ve also got a DJ that will be there throughout the night and the Inflatable Fun Factory will be present for the kids.”

“There will be something different every hour for kids and adults alike,” Duncan said. “There will be karaoke and tons of door prizes. In the wee hours of the morning, Dairy Queen will serve anyone who is present for free. This is the 10th year they’ve done that for us and we’re so thankful for them.”

Proceeds from Relay for Life  benefit the American Cancer Society, which can arrange treatment and lodging for patients who need care elsewhere. The American Cancer Society also provides wigs for those in need.

Duncan said Relay for Life is put together solely on donations.

“The donations are what make this event possible,” Duncan said. “The event is free and it just wouldn’t be possible without donations.”

“Cancer never rests and neither do we,” Duncan said. “Each year this event helps us get close to finding the cure. It’s not only a relay for life, but a relay for hope.”