is to raise $140,000
For Life set for weekend
The ongoing battle against cancer is one Ripley County residents
are determined to fight until a cure is found.
Their determination can be measured by the turnout this weekend,
June 19-20, at the Relay For Life event at the Batesville High School
Track where 32 teams have already signed on to raise money for research
to cure cancer.
According to BJ Myers, chairperson for the event, there are several
new activities planned for a 24-hour stretch that will see participants
in a Zumbathon, racing, dancing and winning!
First a Zumbathon will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Laura Ault leading
the way. Zumba is taking the country by storm and this will give
you the opportunity to be part of the activity.
Then a Road to Recovery 500 Race will take place at 1:00 p.m. According
to Myers, Road to Recovery is one of the many services
provided by the American Cancer Society to cancer patients to help
them get back and forth to treatments. We wanted to bring
awareness to this service and have a little fun with it at the same
time, Myers noted. The teams have been asked to create their
own Flintstones style car and race to the finish line.
The Purple Glove Dance will take place at 2:15 p.m. This activity
will see everyone wearing purple gloves and dance to Everybody
Dance Now on the track. Video clips will be taken and appear
on www.youtube.com. Then the number of views it gets on youtube
will be tracked and the purple glove dance video with the most views
by July 31 will receive a donation to their Relay in the amount
of $5,000. For more information you can visit www.purpleglovedance.com.
This is something people can do from home even if they cant
attend the Relay event in person.
The Minute to Win It will be held from 4:15 to 5:00.
This will be based on the popular television reality game show with
challenges taken directly from those on the original show.
Also new this year will be Fundraiser Alley a place
where all of the fundraising can be done in one location - away
from the campsites.
A Relay Grill will be offered with lots of good things
to eat such as hamburgers, walking tacos, nachos and much more.
A hot breakfast will be served on Saturday morning.
This year the theme is Celebrating a world with more birthdays!
The opening ceremony will include a special event called Reach
to Recovery according to Myers. She said, Im a
visual person and I think this activity will help everyone visualize
the significance that each person plays in the cancer patients
journey from the time they are diagnosed, through treatment, and
finally to recovery.
Myers said she is also looking forward to Relays Got
Talent and fun events such as the special laps. She likes
the Elvis impersonators lap and the PJ fashion show, along with
the Super Heros lap.
Each year during the opening ceremony, when the survivors
take that first honorary lap to kick-off the Relay, I am so inspired,
noted Myers. She continued, With every step they take around
that track, I am reminded of their courage. Many of them have demonstrated
such tenacity as they have fought back against cancer multiple times.
Myers also appreciates the luminaria ceremony where each light represents
Each year I stand and look out across the track in utter amazement
that there are so many luminaries. Each one of those luminaries
represents a person, a life, and a unique story. She said
it is with mixed emotions that she remembers those that have been
lost in the fight and celebrate others who have survived. This
ceremony and time of quiet reflection is healing and therapeutic
for me, as I am sure it is for everyone, she noted.
Last year the Ripley County Relay For Life raised $132,000. This
years goal is $140,000. All of the money is used for research,
advocacy, patient services and awareness, according to Myers. You
can visit www.cancer.org for more information.
If the weather cooperates, it should be a perfect day, according
to Myers, who said everyone has worked especially hard the past
nine months for the event. Of course, they do have plans to carry
on if the weather decides not to cooperate. They event will be held
in the schools gymnasium if needed.
Anyone wanting to register a team can do so at the website www.relayforlife.org/ripleycountyin.
Or call Janice Wilson at 689-5172 or Barbara Eades at 667-5219.
Individuals are also welcome to participate and do not have to be
part of a specific team. You can come for a short period of time
or stay for the entire 24 hours.
As Ripley County gears up for its 15th year of Relay, favorite memories
from the past events will be highlighted, and teams and sponsors
will be recognized with people who have contributed being honored.
Myers, who is employed with Southeastern Indiana REMC said she is
thankful her company has the core value of commitment to community
and allows her to represent the REMC on the Relay planning committee
as part of that commitment. Volunteering for the American
Cancer Society has become a passion for me, she noted.