(ATLANTIC) The 15th annual Cass County Relay for Life will take place Friday.
A Relay for Life Tractor Ride will kick off the day at 8:00 a.m. at the Cass County Fairgrounds. The tractor ride will end with a tractor show at Hy-Vee at 2:30 p.m.
Relay for Life Committee Chairman Carole Schuler said they are inviting all cancer survivors for a celebration at 4:30 p.m. at the High School.
“Anybody that is a survivor can be diagnosed with cancer one minute ago, one day ago, one month ago or forty/fifty years ago,” said Schuler. “So, we invite all survivors to come up to the survivor’s celebration. Hy-Vee provides a meal for the survivor and one guest. Then, we ask them to come out and take the field and do their first lap, that celebration lap of another birthday.”
All evening events will take place at the High School Track. Food will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. courtesy of Kiwanis & CJ’s Barbeque. The Education Tent opens at 5:30 p.m. and you can pick up a ribbon for the “Colors of Cancer” Theme Lap, sign up for door prizes, and pick up a free water. The Survivors Lap starts at 6:00 p.m. Sheltered-Reality Drum Line, kids games and YMCA bounce house begin at 6:30 p.m. The “Colors of Cancer” Theme Lap starts at 7:20 p.m. A vocal presentation by Sara Masker is at 7:30 p.m., Rachael Bowen at 7:40 p.m., Amy Mardesen at 7:50 p.m and Dance Atlantic will perform at 8:00 p.m. A Don McCunn Memorial will be presented by Bev Groves at 9:00 p.m. And then, Luminaries will be lit at around 9:20 p.m.
All funds from the Cass County Relay for Life will go to the American Cancer Society to continue its programs of research, education, advocacy and service to cancer patients.
“I think what’s special in Cass County is that it truly is a way for a community to reach out and support people who are going through cancer or maybe even just supporting those who have lost a loved one, whether it was cancer or something else,” said Schuler.
Last year the Cass County Relay for Life raised $74,000.