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Over $30,000 has already been raised to combat cancer

By Molly Haines

With a record number of teams and over $32,000 already raised, this year’s Relay for Life could already be deemed a success.

The 13th annual Owen County Relay for Life will be held from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. May 28-29 at Actaris Field.

Owen County Relay for life Chairperson Jenni Duncan said fund-raising for this year’s event began last year, but the official kick-off fund-raiser was in February at a Lady Rebels’ basketball game.

Several fund-raisers have been held since then, including the Owen County Extension Homemaker’s Crop for the Cure, Owen County’s first antique tractor show, and the judge-executive’s cookout.

Duncan said this year’s goal is $63,500 and donations are still being accepted online at www.relayforlife.org/owenky; by any relay committee member; or by Tina McNay at Peoples Bank.

Duncan said the American Cancer Soceity helps support cancer patients by providing such items as free wigs, prosthetics, travel, gas cards and lodging for those who must seek medical attention elsewhere.

The American Cancer Society is number one in non-government cancer research in the nation, Duncan said.

Duncan said some of the money raised will be able to stay in Owen County with the grand opening of the cancer resource center at New Horizons Medical Center.

The grand opening will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Thirty teams are signed up for this year’s event and team fund-raising statuses can be found at the relay website.

Duncan said several individuals will be performing special talents, including live music by the Robinson Family from 5:30-7 p.m.

With the help of technology, this year’s relay will be connected to other fund-raisers around the world.

“Broadlinc communications will be making the area a wireless hotspot for the night,” Duncan said. “The middle school group also has plans to have Skype communications with other relays around the world throughout the night.”

Survivor recognition, the walk of fame lap, caregiver recognition lap, and the survivor reception held at the extension building begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Robinson Family will also take part in reading off luminaries during the relay’s main event, the luminary ceremony from 10-11 p.m.

Duncan said this year’s event will bring back many old favorites including the Relay Idol, where participants will have the chance to pick music provided by the DJ. Those who participate can choose three songs that they would like to sing and the audience will vote on the winning idol.

Other activities include relay musical chairs, dance fever, karaoke, ’70s and ’80s music, line dancing, and a Mr. Relay pageant.

Food vendors will be set up until 1 a.m. The closing ceremony and breakfast provided by McDonald’s will be at 7 a.m.

Duncan said she has high hopes for this year’s event.

“Relay is a time to come together as a group and support one another and raise even more awareness,” Duncan said. “I hope this year is bigger and better than the last and that we are able to touch more people.”