by Lisa Tome
After months of work and years of planning, Cecil's 20th anniversary Relay for Life is ready to step off.
According to co-chair Anna Marie Denver, there is still time to get involved with the event which begins Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. and continues until Saturday, May 21 at 6 a.m. All events will be held at Elkton High School.
"We're still taking teams and survivors," said Denver.
As part of the special 20th anniversary, there will be an on site food court consisting of mobile food trucks and facilities. Beginning at 6 p.m., the Moo Mobile from Kilby Cream, Crave Eatery, Roma Pizza, Kona Ice, and Chick-fil-A.
The food court will remain in place for a few hours. All vendors have pledged a portion of proceeds to Relay.
Opening ceremonies also begin at 6 p.m. There will also be the reading of names and the Survivor's Lap. Following the lap, there will be a dinner for survivors provided by Union Hospital.
There will also be a lap for Caregivers. A solemn luminaria ceremony will also be held. This is set for approximately dusk. The luminarias are dedicated to honor someone who is fighting cancer or remember someone in the fight. The goal of the luminarias is to give attendees a chance to deal with their grief. Another event being held this year, beginning at 10 p.m. in the school cafeteria, is an open to the public basket Bingo. That will run until midnight with proceeds benefitting Relay.
Other events include Zumba and karate demonstrations and raffles. Various Relay teams will also be selling items to benefit Relay.
Denver explained that Relay is typically held the first Friday in June. It was moved to May 20 this year for the 20th anniversary.