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The 2019 edition of the Grady County Relay for Life will take place this Saturday, May 4, at Davis Park in downtown Cairo.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the relay will conclude at 10 p.m., according to organizers.
Local cancer survivors may begin registering at the Survivor’s Tent from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Opening ceremonies will being at 4 p.m. with Camille Strickland singing the National Anthem and the colors being presented by the American Legion Color Guard.
This year’s featured speaker will be Commander Alex Baker of the Cairo High School NJROTC.
Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by Cairo Acrobatics; Off Broadstreet Centre for the Dance Arts; and Rhythm of Heart Dance Studio.
Activities and theme laps will be featured throughout the evening. Organizers say a variety of food will be available for purchase during the relay. Additional entertainment will be provided by Camille Strickland, Jackie Moye, Kevin Salter, the Branded Spirit Band, and the Winds of Change Band.
The luminaria ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and the last lap will be stepped off at 9:30 p.m. with closing ceremonies at 10 p.m.
“Come out and join us for some awesome entertainment and family fun,” states Jackie Pearson, event lead for Relay for Life of Grady County. “Together, we can beat our biggest rival.”
Funds raised from Relay For Life events support the American Cancer Society, which states it attacks cancer in dozens of ways from developing breakthrough therapies and innovative research, to building supportive communities that come together to help those affected by cancer with access to treatment. The American Cancer Society provides resources to activists to raise awareness and develop game-changing approaches to address the cancer burden for all people.
Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, the Relay For Life movement of 3.5 million participants across the world unite at more than 4,500 events to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the event can last up to 24 hours and empowers communities to take a stand against cancer. Since 1985, Relay For Life events in the United States have raised more than $6.3 billion.
To join or donate to the Relay For Life of Grady County, visit RelayForLife.org or www.relayforlife.org/gradyga .
Mrs. Pearson said plans are also being made for this year’s Survivors’ Supper to be held on Saturday, May 18, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church, 2678 Lower Hawthorne Trail. The congregation of Pine Hill Baptist Church is providing the meal. Survivors are asked to call and RSVP with Sherry Smith, 229-378-0638.