We want everyone who has ever heard the words "you have cancer" to know that no matter where you are in your personal journey there is a wonderful opportunity for you to come together with your friends, loved ones, neighbors and co-workers to celebrate life and the progress that is being made everyday in the fight against cancer.
As a cancer survivor, you are the inspiration for our fight against cancer everyday, and the true heart of our Relay for Life events across the country and the world. Therefore, we would like to personally invite you to join others in the opening ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 17 at the Ashe County High School track area.
Sen. Steve Goss and John Carter from WBTV are scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. prior to the Survivor’s Lap, which starts off the Relay.
Relay for Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that offers everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of family members, friends, co-workers and others join together each year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and make a difference in the community. In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take turns walking the track throughout the day and night. For those not walking, there is around the clock action to keep everyone busy. From entertainment, food and games to touching ceremonies and stories of inspiration, there is something for everyone at Relay for Life.
The following is a list of teams and their on-site fundraisers. Please note that they could change without notice.
AF Bank: Caricature drawings
Ashe County Ford: Face Painting by well known face painter, Gordon Hensley
Bethany Ding-a-Lings: Kids activities, light up necklaces, t-shirts, cheese curds, fudge, trail mix
Bristol Baptist Church: Inflatable for kids, popcorn, slushies
Chemi-Con Chargers: Silent auction basket/Chances on items
Concession Stand: Pinto Beans with slaw & cornbread, Bratwurst with sauerkraut, hotdogs with all the trimmings, Pizza, Ham biscuits, drinks, coffee, various desserts, fried pies
Dr. Amato DMD Team: 50/50 drawing …face painting
Episcopal Care Bears: Selling and displaying luminaries for the ceremony at dusk. You can still purchase luminaries at $10 each the evening of Relay and they will be placed around the track.
First Baptist Church/Miles for Mel: Homemade food, drinks, carnival games for kids
Margate Steppers: Homemade bread
Midway Baptist Church: Hamburgers with all the trimmings
Mt Jefferson Presbyterian Church: Massages from the Ashe Massage Center
Pleasant Home Baptist Church: Chances on homemade birdhouse
Phoenix Baptist Church: Relay Store
Retired School Bells: Homemade baked goodies
Survivors Tent: Survivors refresh with fruit and drink and fellowship
Villages of Ashe: Drinks, Baked goods, BINGO
We will also have a silent auction tent for 16 themed gift baskets and raffle tickets for the first-ever “Relay Scarecrow.” The scarecrow is designed and donated by Chris Sink.
Deejay Glen Sullivan will be playing tunes until late in the evening and WKSK will be on site for a live remote. ‘Mz. Relay’ 2009 will also make an appearance.
On Saturday, July 18 at 8 a.m. following the Relay, the 1st annual ‘Run for Life 5K’ will be held beginning at the high school. There will be a 5K-run/walk, 5K Competitive Run, and a Kid’s Fun Run. Details are available at www.asherunforlife5k.org or contact Jennifer Carter-Freeman at 828-773-5555.
“We are all in this together” is the theme for the 2009 Relay for Life in Ashe County event. If you have been touched by cancer, as so many of us have, you know exactly why this theme was chosen. Whether you have been the one battling the disease, or seeing someone you love battle it, it affects everyone in your life.