Bourbon County prepares for annual Relay for Life

Leaders, volunteers and participants in the upcoming Relay for Life shared information about the event during the Thursday morning Chamber Coffee, inviting people to participate in Saturday’s event held in honor of cancer victims and survivors.

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“It’s an opportunity for everyone,” survivor lead Janderon Harrison said. “Because all of us have been touched by cancer in some way or in some form in our lives, either directly through a loved one or ourselves, or friends and other people we may know.”

The relay will be held Saturday in the Arnold Arena parking lot at Fort Scott Community College, from 6 p.m. until midnight, beginning with a survivor lap followed by a caregiver lap before other individuals and teams join in. Festivities will also include features such as a cannon fired by Velocity Tactics, bounce houses and games for children, a DJ and information distributed on health and cancer prevention.

Harrison explained the event is an overnight one because cancer never sleeps, and the relay serves as an opportunity to celebrate survivors and remember those lost while raising awareness, bringing those impacted by cancer together and collecting funds for research against the many forms of cancer.

The weekend events will begin with a survivor dinner Thursday evening at 6 p.m., hosted at the First Presbyterian Church. There is still room available for cancer survivors as well as caregivers interested in attending the dinner.

The Relay for Life team is also selling calendars for $12 each and luminary bags in honor of those lost to cancer in the last year for $5 each. A luminary ceremony will be held at 9:15 p.m. Saturday followed by a performance by Signing of the Divine.

Teams as well as individuals are invited to participate in the Relay for Life. Some teams already formed represent families, local businesses, organizations and others such as FSCC and Mercy Hospital.

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