By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
The 20th Annual Houston County Relay for Life will be held this Friday, August 8 at the Fest Building in Spring Grove.
A reception will begin the evening at 5 p.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.
The program will include a message from Houston County Relay for Life’s honorary vhairperson Joycelyn Rostad.
Following the opening ceremony, survivors will make the first lap around the track followed by caregivers and then all people participating in Relay for Life.
Twenty-eight teams, and 195 participants have raised $19,523.82 as of Friday, August 1.
Teams county wide have raised in the thousands of dollars. Leading the way this year are “Sisters and Family” who have raised $2,915. The “Concrete Walkers” have raised $2,660; the “A-Team” has raised $2,535.77; and Merchants Bank of Spring Grove and Caledonia has raised $2,303.50.
The “Hokah Hillbilly’s” have raised $2,103.76. The “Busy Bees” have raised $1,795.92.
Several other teams across the county have raised in the hundreds of dollars. All amounts are as of August 1.
Several activities will take place as teams from across the county have at least one walker on the track throughout the night.
At 8 p.m., there will be a release of balloons to heaven. People can purchase a balloon to realease and send a special message to a loved one.
At 9 p.m., the special luminaria lighing ceremony will begin. The luminaria marked in honor of or in memory of someone with cancer, may be purchased from a team member or on the evening of Relay For Life.
Luminaria are $10 each or three for $25.
Musical entertainment will take place throughout the evening and there will be children’s games, a playground and volleyball.
Everyone has been touched somewhere in their family by cancer.
Together, Houston County looks to make a difference in the fight against this terrible disease.
Friday, August 8, several more steps will be taken towards that end.