The Wyoming County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society will kick things off this weekend at the Tunkhannock Area High School stadium.
Starting at noon Friday, 24 hours of fundraising will raise money for cancer research and for survivors of the disease.
This year’s theme is ‘Follow the Rainbow’ - each color of the rainbow representing a different cancer.
“All teams have picked a cancer and its color to represent this year,” said Sara Robinson, who is chairing the event. “Each team will be providing information about that cancer at their site.”
So far this year, the Wyoming County Relay for Life has raised $18,072 of an overall goal of $52,000.
From noon to 4 p.m., the different fundraising events and teams will be setting up, followed by an opening ceremony at 5 p.m.
The ‘Survivor/Caregivers Ceremony’ will take place at 6 p.m., followed immediately by the survivor dinner.
“Definitely be there for the survivors/caregivers ceremony. They are the whole reason why we relay,” Robinson said.
At 7 p.m., Shamrock Auction Services will host a live auction.
The Luminaria Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m., followed shortly by the Celebration of Life at 10.
The day is slotted to be filled with a multitude of engaging activities to keep the rally going.
Those include a dunk tank, bean bag toss, water balloon toss, hula hoop contest and a dance-a-thon. These activities and others will carry through the night.
The dunk tank should be a big hit this year, with people having the opportunity to dunk Tunkhannock teachers and coaches with a well-aimed pitch.
Lap themes will be: purple lap, decade lap, Christmas lap, hero lap, backwards lap, mustache lap, and more throughout the night.
“Relay for Life is the biggest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society,” Robinson said. “Without events like this, funding for research and programs that the cancer society has to offer would be limited or cut out completely.”
Throughout the month of June, teams sold purple bows to show support to the relay.
The goal was to have local businesses and residents display their bows in their front lawns as part of an event called ‘Painting the County Purple.’
There will also be plenty of refreshments at the event.
“It’s a heartfelt event,” Robinson said. “You will need tissues - I always do.”
This year’s teams are:
People’s Security Bank & Trust Co., headed by Sara Robinson and Jessica Miller; Charlie’s Angles, headed by Sandra Morgan; Lifesavers, a children’s team headed by Micheal Dubois; Divas on a Mission, headed by Katie Franklin; Misfits for a Cure, headed by Stephanie Weiss; Cure’saders, headed by Tina Howey and Jesse Jenkins; Brick’s Market, headed by Becky DuPlessis; Meshoppen Stone Rockers, headed by Lorie Gowin; Git ‘R Done Gang, headed by Connie Teel; and Cancer Kickers, headed by Bobbi Jo Canfield.
This year also includes four ‘ghost teams,’ which are colleges that raise money for the American Cancer Society which goes toward the relay event.
Those teams are: Lackawanna Trail Pink Paws, headed by Desiree Gallagher; Keystone College, headed by Jason Geadrities; Keystone Athletics, headed by Jerica Rode; and Freshman Honor Society, headed by Sharon Clark.
DJ services will be provided by Erick Perez from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and CasselRock Entertainment from 10:30 p.m. to noon Saturday.
Closing ceremonies will take place around noon on Saturday.