For Life event nears
The planning committee for the 2nd annual American Cancer Society Clearwater to Salmon Rivers Relay For Life is on the home stretch of preparing for a great time at this year’s event. We have many wonderful sponsors throughout our area who are and will be displaying their “Relay banners” and we thank you for supporting these businesses as they do such an awesome job of donating not only to our cause, but to all the events and causes in our area.
We are so excited to meet and see what the 30 (maybe more) teams have in store for us this year. Each team has chosen a theme and they will be decorating their camp according to that theme. They will be bringing their tents, sleeping bags, chairs, and whatever else they need to be comfortable as this is an 18-hour event. Of course, as we are close to home, team members are not required to stay and have the option of doing their laps when they can and go home if they want. That is also what is nice about having Relay “at home”. However, for all the team members, visitors, and guests there will be plenty of activities to keep you busy and entertained during that 18 hours.
Jim Wagner, Co-Chair for this year’s event, will emcee and will introduce our guests for the opening ceremony which includes a prayer by Pastor Harold Gott of the Grangeville Church, the National Anthem led by Wendy Lindsley of Grangeville, and the Lightening Creek Drummers of the Nezperce Tribe coming from Kamiah. Our guest speakers for the evening include Mrs. Linda Gott, cancer survivor from Grangeville, and Ms. Tracey Brown, who served as Miss Idaho 2005, from Post Falls. Breast cancer awareness was her platform during her reign and she currently is working toward the State of Idaho having a Breast Cancer Awareness license plate available.
The first lap of Relay For Life is the “survivors” lap and they will be led by the 126th Engineer Company of the Idaho National Guard and the Lightening Creek Drummers. Our second lap this year is to honor all of our caregivers. The third lap of our Relay is the Parade of Teams and is quite a site to see and fun to watch as each team will be dressed according to their theme and will carry their team banner. The rest of the Relay will be teams, visitors, and guests taking turns walking, running, or crawling around the track, that is the “Relay” part of “Relay For Life”. Each team will have at least one member from their team on the track at all times. If you would like to join a team and be a part of what it takes for our “communities to take up the fight” against cancer, give one of them a call and we will see you at the track on July 21.