Relay for Life is Saturday

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By Dave Bell

This Saturday evening and throughout the night, local residents will walk around Rogier Park in Vandalia to raise money to fight cancer.
The annual Relay for Life of Fayette County kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the walkers don’t stop until 5 a.m. Sunday.
Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this year’s relay is operating under the theme of “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
We applaud the dedication of the teams taking part in this year’s event, and we wish them well as they circle the park.
If you’re not part of a team, you can still participate by attending the event, making a donation or buying a luminaria. For more information, contact Dave Rickman at 283-0846.
An especially poignant part of the event occurs at the opening ceremonies Saturday evening at 6 p.m., when local cancer survivors walk a lap around the upper circle in Rogier Park. Those people are living proof that we’re making progress in the war against cancer.
Another highlight during the Relay for Life include the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m., when the names are read of those currently battling cancer and of those who have lost their fight with the disease.
In past years, the people of Fayette County have shown amazing generosity in their support of the Relay for Life. Let’s carry on the tradition this year.