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Relay for Life Plans Evening Of ‘HOPE’

By Staff | May 9, 2018

Relay for Life organizers are preparing an evening for “HOPE” for this year’s Tyler County event.

An evening of “HOPE” has been planned by the Tyler County Relay for Life Committee. This year’s Relay for Life will be held on Friday evening June 8 at the Tyler County Fair Grounds. The walking track is located beside AIB Elementary School. Activities around the track will begin at 6 p.m. Opening ceremony will be in the pavilion at 8 p.m. Survivor and Caregiver lap will follow the opening. A glow walk in support of individuals, as well as their families and friends, who have been effected by a fight against cancer will continue on the track until 10 p.m. The event will close with a ceremony of HOPE and the lighting of the luminarias at 10 p.m.

Activities for this year’s event will take place around the track. Teams and local supports of the event will be located around the edge of the track. Teams will be selling a variety of foods and providing activities for those in attendance. All activities will begin at 6 p.m. Children activities will include: Danny Westfall and his bubble wagon, balloon artist, face painting, rock painting, tissue paper pom pom flowers, foam visors, cupcake decorating, hoolahooping, and other active games.

Volleyball games will take place in the center of the track. Teams will play half hour games and rotate according to the schedule posted. There will be no winner, no trophy, just playing for a cause. If your business, church, family or school would like to enter a team, please contact Joyce Hagerty.

Opening Ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. in the pavilion. Special thanks to Carmen Harmen and WETZ, Greg Goodfellow and WRSG, and sound man Steve Mason with their help with entertainment and sound for the evening.

Survivors walk will follow the opening ceremony. All Tyler County Survivors are ask to pre-register for the event to ensure a shirt to wear for the event. There will be a few extras but we cannot guarantee the correct size. To register online, go to, www.relayforlife.org/tylercounty. There will also be a survivor reception at the event.

The survivor and caregiver lap will be led by cub scout and boy scout troops 175.

Team Wings of Hope from Hope Fellowship Church will be providing all walkers with glow sticks or necklaces around 9 p.m. The light given from the glow sticks is to represent the glowing hope for a cure.

Lighting of the luminarias will begin at 10 p.m. Luminaria bags may be purchased prior to the walk through team members, churches, businesses and schools. They may also be purchased the evening of the walk. Children from our schools and churches are helping to decorate the fronts our luminarias this year. The theme for this year’s walk is HOPE. The theme is simple, the meaning personal. Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it today.

June 8 is designated as an event where we as a community can show our support to the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken, and to remind ourselves never ever give up HOPE!

May has been designated as the main fundraising month. Teams are selling raffle tickets for a quilt and a stuffed 31 WVU bag. TCHS has planned a Murder Mystery Dinner for May 29. More information on this dinner will be released soon. Teams will also be seen at local businesses with foods and baked goods for sale.

The schools are also planning fund raising activities at their schools. Any business or organization who will still like to make a contribution to the ACS, can do so by contacting Joyce Hagerty.

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Hagerty at 758-4516 or Gwen Davies at 652-3636.