KINGSPORT — The fight to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays continues Friday with Kingsport’s Relay For Life.
Relay For Life is open to the public for free. Those attending will enjoy the music of the Bluegrass on Broad concert during the early part of the event. Dedicated Relay For Life teams from throughout the area will provide food, activities, silent auction items, T-shirts and crafts for a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Following cancer survivor registration at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Broad and Main streets, the evening starts with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. featuring Boy Scout Troop 387, the Dobyns-Bennett High School Air Force Junior ROTC, Jim Bailey and Laura Nixson. The survivor ceremony, led by the Survive and Thrive Support Group, and the caregiver ceremony, led by Kim Vicars, will follow the opening ceremony.
Then all cancer survivors will be invited to walk down Broad Street together to celebrate another year won in the fight against cancer. Survivors are encouraged to go to the survivor registration tent at the intersection of Broad and Main streets starting at 5 p.m. By registering, they will get a free commemorative 2012 Survivor T-shirt, survivor pin and key chain.
Survivors who cannot walk may gather at the stage area. Caregivers are asked to join the survivors in the next lap to recognize their commitment and sacrifice. Special caregiver pins will be given out at that time to those caregivers who join in.
The Bluegrass on Broad concert with Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys begins at 7 p.m.
Beth Snapp will provide music beginning at 9:40 p.m.
The luminaria ceremony featuring harpist Martha Painter will begin at 10 p.m. During the luminaria ceremony, candles are lighted in honor of those fighting cancer and in memory of those who have been lost to cancer. Luminaria bags are available for purchase at the Relay and may be decorated.
Snapp will again provide music at 10:30 p.m.
The “Dude Looks Like a Lady” contest will begin at 11 p.m., followed by the team lap.
Activities, dance laps and games will continue from midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday, when the closing ceremony will be held.
Master of ceremonies Tom Taylor will be present through the evening.
The teams that will be present for the Relay are BAE Systems, Beekeepers, Better Knots, Cancer Fighters to the Rescue, Cure of Duty, Domtar Connects, Emeritus Crew, Happy Feet, Heart and Sole, Holston Medical Group, Hope Floats, HRL11 SCL, I Want to Break Free, Kingsport Medical Center, O’Hana, Sam’s Soldiers, Sergeant Sam’s Crew, Signature Properties, Smoky Mountain Home & Hospice, Starbucks Fights For Them, Steadman Hill Striders Striding For Hope, Survive and Thrive Cancer Support Group, Team Smitty, The Big Red One, The Boob Tube Warriors, WKPT ABC 19, The Journey Center, The Susie Q’s, Thirty One Cares, Together, United Healthcare United Soles, Uplifters, Walgreen’s Team Kingsport, and Wellmont Cancer Institute.
Relay For Life and the dollars raised from it support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, and helping people get well by finding cures and fighting back against cancer.
Last year, the American Cancer Society provided more than 5,000 services. So far in 2012, the American Cancer Society is on track to surpass 5,000 services for patients in Sullivan County and for those who receive their oncology care in Sullivan County.
For more information call 1-800-227-2345 or 282-7004.