This year’s relay kicks off with a cancer survivors’ dinner at 4:30 p.m. in the West Jessamine Middle School cafeteria Friday afternoon. Dinner and door prizes will be provided to cancer survivors.
Following the dinner, the event will kick off with survivors walking the Relay’s first lap around 7 p.m.
There are many highlights of this year’s Relay, including a new event hosted by the RJ Corman Railroad Group.
“The public is invited to an old-fashioned ice-cream social Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Jessamine Middle School,” Christy Burton with the American Cancer Society said. “My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s award-winning executive chef, Gil Logan, will be on-site making homemade banana ice cream. All donations will go to support the American Cancer Society’s Jessamine County Relay for Life.
“We are also going to have inflatables and fun activities for the kids, as well as good food and fun fundraisers provided by our teams made up of families, friends, businesses and organizations,” she said.
Due to HIPAA laws, ACS does not automatically get a person’s name if they are diagnosed with having cancer.
“Therefore, our database will not have every person in Jessamine County with cancer, but our database does have 325 men, women and children who live in Jessamine County and have either attended an American Cancer Society event, or used an American Cancer Society program or service,” Burton said.
“In the 2011 fiscal year (Sept. 1, 2010-Aug. 31, 2011) the American Cancer Society serviced 48 cancer patients from Jessamine County, 30 of those patients being newly diagnosed.”
Community support for the annual event has always been solid, and Burton expects the same commitment this year.
“There are some great businesses and companies who have come out every year with a team or been an event sponsor,” she said. “Friends and families have also formed teams to support the local relay. The event planning committee is really hoping that we will continue to have the community’s support and that even those people not on a team will come check out the event on Friday night.”
Following the survivors’ lap, carnival games will open at the various team campsites. A Kids Conquering Cancer Lap will take place at 8:30 p.m. The luminary service begins at 10 p.m.
For more information on Relay for Life, call Burton at 859-260-8295, or visit www.relayforlife.org/jessamine.
2012 Relay For Life schedule
• 10 a.m. - Teams can begin setting up campsites
• 4:30 p.m. - Survivor Registration (WJMS Cafeteria)
• 5 p.m. - Survivor Dinner
• 6:30 p.m. - Survivors picture
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Ice Cream Social at RJ Corman ice cream truck
• 6:45 p.m. - Survivors line up for opening ceremonies
• 7 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
• Flag Presentation — Girl Scouts
• National Anthem
• Survivor honorees
• Grand Marshall – Lily Foster
• Survivor lap
• Release of balloons
• Caregiver lap
• Parade of teams
• 8:30 p.m. - Kids Conquering Cancer Lap
• 9 p.m. - Luminaria Sales End
• 9 p.m. - Reading of - “The Occasion”
• 10 p.m. - Luminary service
• Reading In honor/reading in memory
• Silent walk
• 11:30 p.m. - Silent auction ends
• 11:30 p.m. - Football toss
• 11:30 p.m. - Jazzercise
• Midnight - Corn Hole Tournament Begins
• 12:30-1:30 a.m. - BINGO
• 2 a.m. - Scavenger hunt (adult and kids divisions)
• 2:30 a.m. - Zumba
• 3 a.m. - Poker lap
• 4-4:30 a.m. - BINGO
• 4:30 a.m. - Jazzercise
• 5 a.m. - Line dancing
• 6 a.m. - Fight Back Ceremony and HOPE Lap