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Relay for Life: An event for everyone

By Staff | Jun 27, 2016

Jefferson County is gearing up for their annual Relay for Life event this Saturday at Jefferson High School.

The event, held each June, is part of the national Relay for Life efforts to raise money for and awareness of battling cancer and finding a cure.

This year’s event is held in the daytime hours rather than the previous overnight it had been in year’s past. The change, which happened last year, allows more individuals to come out and participate in and learn about the efforts of teams working to combat the deadly disease.

This year, so far, Jefferson’s Relay has 36 teams and 346 participants. Those teams and individuals have been working, some all year, to raise funds for the cause.

They will set up “camp” around Jefferson’s track on Saturday and walk laps to raise awareness. These laps are often themed, creating a level of fun in the event.

According to Dan Hart, one of the coordinators of the event, the Relay is open to everyone.

“We invite all to come out and experience Relay and see what it’s all about,” Hart said. “There will be something for everyone from face painting, a storm trooper, entertainment and the moving luminaria ceremony.”

“It’s all about our survivors,” added Linda Hart, Dan’s wife, who is also a coordinator. The two began Relay events in memory of their first spouses who both lost their battles with cancer.

The complete schedule for the event is at right