encouraged to 'Show Us Your HOPE'
Hope takes on a whole new meaning
as Ripley County residents are getting ready for the 14th annual
Relay for Life event set for Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June
If you cant get to the Batesville High School Track to participate
in the actual event, or cant give money, you can still offer
hope. B.J. Myers, event chair, is asking everyone to join together
in unity to Show Us Your Hope by displaying purple
ribbons around trees and posts. The color purple is the signature
color for power. And, there is power in people who stand together
to fight to find a cure for cancer.
Purple lights, and the letters H-O-P-E displayed in windows or
yards, any visual you can create will show how Relay for Life
brings hope to our community, according to Myers. She encourages
everyone to bring out the purple this week.
The American Cancer Society is celebrating their silver anniversary
- 25 years- of bringing hope to communities throughout the nation
through Relay For Life, its signature event.
Monies from these events have made a significant impact on the
American Cancer Societys lifesaving work as they research
to find a cure that will end cancer.
Last year Ripley County residents pulled together to raise a whopping
$150,472.68 as of the event date. More money was collected following
the 24-hour event bringing the total to $151,000. The goal this
year, according to Myers is $156,000.
This year the opening ceremony will take place at 8:00 a.m. Saturday
to kick off the 24-hour event. This is the second year for the
Little Mr. and Miss Relay Pageant, which will take place at 10
a.m. An impressive Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. that
evening. The closing ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
New this year is the Courage Award. This will be presented to
a survivor who has made a significant impact in the lives of others
by turning the negative of cancer into a positive and reaching
out to fellow cancer patients. Im really excited about
this award, Myers noted. Another new award will be the Compassion
Award, which will be presented to a caregiver at the beginning
of the Luminaria Service.
Teams come in with the determination they are not leaving for
24 hours, showing cancer it can be beat. They take to the track,
walking or running, even in wheelchairs. Throughout the day and
night there are many activities such as the rock wall, art contest,
corn hole tournament, car bashing, scavenger hunt, and Guitar
Hero fun, to name a few. This year 40 teams are expected to participate.
Myers, who has been involved with the Ripley County Relay for
Life for six years, says when her mother was diagnosed with Stage
3 colon cancer just a few weeks before the 2004 Relay, it became
very personal for me. She said at a time that she
felt powerless, the Relay empowered her. I realized that
there was a lot that I could do to make a difference in the fight
This years theme is Celebrating 25 Years of Hope. Thats
what this group will be doing this weekend. For more information