Relay for Life is this weekend
The third annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life organized by Williamhouse employees will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hurst playground in Norvelt and continue until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Area businesses, churches, organizations, families and groups of friends were invited to form teams to walk during the relay, with each lap around the track representing more funding for cancer education, advocacy, and service programs.
Event chairwoman Donna Trillow says although teams are established and ready to walk and camp out at the park, everyone from the community is welcome to participate in the event.
After the opening ceremony Friday night, participants and visitors can enjoy selections from the Scottdale Community Band, who are not only performing, but are also sponsored to play a concert until 9 p.m. to raise money for the event.
The survivor ceremony will begin at 7:45 p.m., during which cancer survivors can take a victory lap around the track.
At dusk, the luminaria ceremony will be held, with family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer lighting a candle in memory of that person. To participate, names for the luminarias must be registered by 8:45 p.m. for a donation of $5 each.
Williamhouse general manager Jerry Fiano and Mount Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia will speak at the luminaria ceremony.
Although the event will be solemn at times, it will also be fun.
At midnight, participants will begin "lap poker" for prizes, and musical entertainment is sure to keep a spring in their step.
Trillow says this year's event includes "Kidzone," an area designed just with youngsters in mind.
Visitors to Kidzone can have their photos taken with a clown and "Wendy" from the Wendy's Restaurant team, play games conducted by the relay teams, and jump in the "Moonwalk" inflatable attraction.
On Saturday, fun events gear up beginning at 6 a.m. and walkers will continue their relays until the closing ceremony and balloon release at 10 a.m.
For more information on the American Cancer Society and Relays for Life, call 1-888-227-5445 or visit the Web site at www.cancer.org.
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Myers is a Mount Pleasant resident.