Relay for Life

Several people hold a banner that reads “Walking for a Cure,” which led the walk during the annual Bay Area Relay For Life in April at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown.

 

The opening lap of Bay Area Relay for Life is less than four days away – volunteers are working hard to get ready for the event and there’s still time to support the effort to defeat cancer.

Lori Tadlock, who is tri-chair of the event along with Susan Harper and Rick Merling, said there are already more teams signed up for this year’s event than the one last year.

“If you have not yet had the opportunity to support Relay,” she said, “ there is still plenty of time. You can still make donations and purchase luminaries via our secure website at www.relayforlife/bayareatx or you can come out on Friday evening and be a part of the biggest Relay for Life in the great state of Texas!”

“Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the survivors/caregivers lap and team lap. Lights will go down for our luminary ceremony at 9 p.m.” Relay for Life will at Royal Purple Raceway, 2525 S. FM 565, Baytown.

“The remainder of the evening will include a fabulous lineup of entertainment, great music and lots of food, games and fun. If you’ve never experienced Relay for Life, then come join us and be a part of the global movement to end cancer!”

Doug Faulk from the Rod Ryan show on 94.5 The Buzz will serve as master of ceremonies from 6 to 9 p.m.

Many groups will be selling food or craft items, with the purchases helping to support the event, so coming out to support those groups is another way to support Relay for Life.

The closing ceremony will be at 12:30 a.m.

Unlike in previous years, Relay for Life will not be an overnight event. Tadlock said the reaction to the change has been positive.

Tonight is “Bank Night” from 4-6 p.m. at Community Resource Credit Union on Decker Drive at Rollingbrook Drive, when teams will be turning in donations that have already been received, and well as forms and donations for luminaries. They will also pick up team participant T-shirts.

Relay for Life events are locally based efforts to support the work of the American Cancer Society’s efforts to improve cancer survival, reduce the incidence of cancer and provide support for cancer patients and their caretakers.

While there are more than 5,000 Relay for Life events in about 20 countries, the one in Baytown stands out: it has been the largest such event in Texas in funds raised for 13 consecutive years, and the largest in the seven-state High Plains Division for seven years.

In 2013, the local Relay for Life was ranked number 12 in the United States for funds raised.

 

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