Relay For Life seeks more community involvement in fighting cancer

April 29, 2019

Relay For Life Mason County seeks more community involvement in fighting cancer

LUDINGTON — The Relay For Life Mason County is adding Community Laps to its 25th annual Relay For Life event, scheduled for June 22 at Oriole Field.

The new designated themed laps program asks participants to walk around Oriole Field for one specified hour during event. The larger Relay For Life walk is a 22-hour team event with at least one member on the track at all times.

“We know it can be difficult to get a team together to walk for 22 hours so we added the Community Laps to open up the Relay For Life to as many people and organizations as possible,” said Sue Lange, event chair. “We believe this new program will make it easier for more people to make a huge difference in the lives of many Mason County residents fighting cancer. They will help save lives and help find a cure.”

Following are the times for each themed walk:

  • 3 p.m. Local Heroes – firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services, first responders
  • 4 p.m. Healthcare – hospitals, doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors
  • 5 p.m. Education – schools, community college, home schooling, students, teachers, parents of students, others association with learning
  • 6 p.m. Entertainment/media – radio, art center, bands, singers, choral groups, news reporters,  others associated with entertainment
  • 7 p.m. Financial – banks, credit unions, real estate, financial planners, investment companies, attorneys, others associated with financial services
  • 8 p.m. Large and small business – companies of all sizes, retail stores,  photographers
  • 9 p.m. Food services – grocery stores, restaurants, bars, others associated with food services
  • 10 p.m. Churches – all churches

“You don’t have to commit to the whole weekend, come give us an hour,” says Lange. “If those times don’t work for you, you are welcome to come by at any time between noon Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. We want to raise at least $70,000 this year and you can be a big part of helping us achieve that goal.”

There is no deadline to sign up to walk. Those interested can just show up at the event.

Currently, 17 teams have signed up to walk up for the 22-hour walk. That walk starts at noon on June 22 and ends and 10 a.m. on June 23.

Sponsorships are still available. The deadline is May 20 to ensure the name is on the event shirt. Other sponsorships are accepted up until the day of the event.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to help beat cancer join or donate to the Relay For Life of Mason County today. Visit RelayForLife.org or www.relayforlife.org/masoncountymi.  Call or text 231-845-7963 or email [email protected] to register for the Victory Lap or for more information.

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