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Why Do We Relay?

Relay For Life event set for this weekend — and it's open to the public!

There will be almost 200 participants this coming weekend at the Relay for Life of Lakewood at . 

If you asked them the question, “Why do you Relay?” you’re bound to get myriad answers.  

Some might say that they are there in honor of a lost relative. 

Another might say they are there for a current friend, neighbor or family member who is in the midst their own battle with cancer. Many more might say they are there for the entertainment, food, games, raffles, community buzz, spectating.

The list goes on and on. 

This year’s Relay committee has worked long and hard to put together an experience than can be remembered and cherished for a long time to come.

Relay for Life is a fundraiser whose sole purpose is to raise donations for the American Cancer Society. This can sometimes get lost in what turns into being a community festival atmosphere. 

The Relay is open to the public and you shouldn’t be surprised if you bump into your neighbor at a fundraising tent or at the face-painting booth. 

Some of the activities going on over the 18 hour long event are as follows; Magician Rick Smith Jr.,  an opening Survivors lap, St. Ed’s Trashtalkers, Live music by “2nd Half”, “Diane Chittester”, “Eli Car”. 

DJ services will be provided by American Heat Entertainment, H20 will be face-painting, there will be many raffles, you can even win 1 of 6 Washer Toss game sets valued over $125, Vance Music Studios will feature 5 to 6 bands Saturday morning.

The Lakewood Athletic Boosters will be running concessions Friday evening and Saturday morning, Mayor Summers will be opening the ceremonies Friday Evening and District State Representative Nickie Antonio will be closing our ceremonies Saturday Afternoon.

Shannon FitzGerald, wife of County Excutive Ed Fitzgerald, will be participating in another ceremony, a Luminaria ceremony that is both beautiful and sobering at the same time, and much much more. 

So please stop out and support the American Cancer Society at the Lakewood Stadium from 5pm Friday June 15 to noon on Saturday.

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