Mecosta County Relay for Life seeking cancer survivors

Submitted to the Pioneer
BIG RAPIDS — Area residents who have battled cancer and won or who continue to fight will be highlighted during the survivor ceremony as part of the Mecosta County Relay for Life on Saturday, June 3, in Hemlock Park in Big Rapids.

Event organizers are seeking cancer survivors to preregister to participate in the 6 p.m. ceremony. Survivors who preregister will be treated to a free dinner for themselves and a caregiver, catered by Applebee’s of Big Rapids. The dinner will follow the survivor ceremony.

To assist with preregistration, survivors may fill out a registration form at either of the two Big Rapids locations of Isabella Bank, the Canadian Lakes branch of Isabella Bank, the main branch of Huntington Bank in Big Rapids, the Wheatlake Center in Reed City or the Evart Pharmacy in Evart. Registration forms will be picked up by members of the event leadership team and will be readied for check-in on June 3 at Hemlock Park. Survivors will receive a special goodie bag at the event as well as their tickets for dinner.

Mecosta County Relay for Life will begin at 5 p.m. with a flag-raising ceremony provided by local Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts. In addition to the survivor ceremony, a full schedule of events is planned until the Relay’s end at 11 p.m. The events will appeal to all ages as participants “Give Cancer the Boot!” in Mecosta County.

At 10 pm will be the Luminaria ceremony during which the walkways will be lined with lit luminary bags decorated by community members to honor a special survivor or in memory of a loved one who lost their battle with cancer. Luminary bags may be purchased from any Relay team member.

Questions or additional information about registration or purchasing luminaries can be directed to Lena Yarrington, survivorship chair, at (231) 796-4509 or by email at lyarrington4509@charter.net or Julie Cole, event chair, at (616) 916-8028 or by email at mecostacountyrfl@gmail.com. Information can also be found on the Relay for Life of Mecosta County Facebook page.

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