VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Reporter
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Shelby County will be “Making Waves For a Cure” as the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event takes to Forest Park Friday night, August 3.
“Lake Shelbyville is a huge part of our community so we thought ‘Making Waves for a Cure’ would be a great theme for this year’s Relay For Life,” said event co-chair Kathie Storm. “We’ll have lots of great food, entertainment and all kinds of activities going on all night long. Let the kids wear themselves out on the inflatables, visit the campsites, and take in the music. Bring your family and friends. There’ll be plenty going on all night long.”
Relay For Life is an overnight event that brings the community together in the fight against cancer to celebrate the lives of those who have cancer, remember those lost to the disease, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Teams and individuals raise funds prior to and at the event to support cancer research to help find cures and to provide local programs aimed at helping people stay well, get well and fight back.
“It’s not too late for new teams to register and join us,” emphasized event co-chair Rachel Stewardson. “If you have a group of friends, make it a team effort. Come to Relay where you’ll find hope, support and plenty of smiles all night long.”
Shelby County’s Relay has raised more than $500,000 over the past 16 years. Organizers are looking to raise that total even higher with community help.
Survivors will be honored with a special dinner at 5 p.m. prior to the main event with food prepared by the Shelbyville Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.
Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. with survivor speaker Jim Boys, the Survivor Victory Lap led by the VFW Post 4829 Color Guard, and the Fight Back Ceremony. These ceremonies are open to the public.
A variety of activities for all ages and food will be available at team campsites and throughout the event area. Highlights include inflatables for the kids to climb on, Dance Inc. performance, the band “The Bends” from Rantoul and John McMahon from Champaign who will take the stage following the Luminaria Ceremony.
“In additional to all kinds of great food, campsites will have kids favors, the rubber support bracelets available and more,” added co-chair Jodi Boys. “There will be swimming at the pool from 10 -12 and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that you won’t want to miss either. It’s a great night out, for a great cause.”
Pool rental for the Midnight Swim is provided by the Health Nuts team and the 3 on 3 basketball tournament is sponsored by the Shelby Memorial Hospital team.
A silent auction with a variety of themed baskets will be held in the Chautauqua building until 10 p.m.
Teams, who have been fundraising all year, will continue to raise funds throughout the event and earn recognitions for their efforts. So far they have raised $25,000 toward the $65,000 event goal.
The Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m. will take the time to remember those who have lost the battle with cancer and those who are still fighting. Bags will line the walkway to remind Relayers and visitors of the purpose of the event. Luminaria may be purchased prior to or at the event.
All three co-chairs and teams encourage everyone to come out, learn, share and leave the event filled with hope and feeling good about giving.
“Wear your finest or quirkiest fishing garb and share tales of the big one that got away – but don’t let this Relay For Life opportunity get away,” said Storm. “The funds we raise support research and programs that help all of us in the fight against cancer, an awful disease that has touched way too many of our friends and family members.”