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County Relay for Life hits the track Saturday

Relay for Life is Saturday, June 17, at Lakeland High School. Local cancer survivors are invited to take the celebratory first lap beginning at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony following after. As the survivors walk, other event participants will cheer them on in a demonstration of support and celebration.

LaGrange Relay for Life is open to the public and there is no admission fee. There will be activities, games, and much more taking place throughout the day. There is something for everyone to do.

9 a.m. – Survivors Lap (registration opens at 8 a.m.)

9:30 a.m. – Survivor/Caregiver Breakfast (free to all survivors)

10 a.m. – Silent auction opens (closes at 8 p.m.), need to be present to win.

11 a.m. – Haircut donations to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Car show in parking lot by the tennis courts.

12:30 p.m. – Road to Recovery Race.

School Spirit – 1 p.m. Lakeland, 2 p.m. Prairie Heights, 3 p.m. Westview.

2 p.m. – Princess Tea Party (Lakeland Cheerleaders).

4 p.m. – Mr. Relay contest.

8:30 p.m. – Dessert Reception for survivors.

10 p.m. (dark) – Luminaria ceremony.

Midnight – Dance party/final lap.

Concession stand specials: 1 p.m. root beer floats, 3 p.m. pork burgers, 7 p.m. pizza.

“Relay for Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we've lost, and fight back against disease,” said Suzanne Orth with the LaGrange Relay for Life Leadership Event team. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that the community if LaGrange County is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Relay for Life teams and participants take turns walking around the track during the 15-hour event. Participants walk in honor of those lost to cancer and those who are currently fighting the disease. Teams do fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to help the American Cancer Society in their efforts to fund programs like Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery, Hope Lodge, groundbreaking research in cancer treatments, and so much more.

To learn more about the efforts of the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org.