Special luminaria paper lanterns lit to represent those lost to cancer and those who have survived - will be showcased during the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tama County. The event will take place at the South Tama H.S. track from noon to midnight on Saturday, June 8.
"Many of us have been affected by cancer; the Luminaria Ceremony is a moving way to remember those who lost their battle and to pay tribute to survivors," says Karen Symonds, volunteer luminaria chair for Tama County. "The American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since the early 1990s, and as we celebrate 100 years of fighting to save lives, we reinforce our commitment to bringing an end to cancer as we know it."
Anyone interested in making a luminaria donation, forming a team or walking in the Survivors Lap may do so. For more information contact Ashley Bolen, Tama/Toledo, 641-484-0204; Marilyn Svoboda, Clutier, 319-479-2732; Karen Symonds, Dysart, 319-476-7762; Luane Lorenzen, Traer, 319-231-0820. An order form for luminaria also appears in this newspaper.
The schedule for the Relay for Life of Tama County on June 8 is below. Food vendors will open at noon offering Indian tacos, hot dogs & brats, mini-doughnuts, pastries, and more.
12:00 P.M. Doors open with music by DJ Cat Campbell
1:00 P.M. Opening ceremony
Survivor Victory Lap including 100th Birthday Cake
Caregivers Celebration Lap
2:00 Silent Auction opens
2:00 Silly Hour Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance, etc.
3:00 Frozen t-shirt Contest fastest wins a prize
4:00 Poker Run highest hand wins a prize
6:00 Honorary Survivor, Brenda Kriz, speaks
8:00 Raffle drawing for Queen size bed set, Hot-Air Balloon Ride, Metal Rose Sculpture, and Handmade Quilt
8:00 -Silent Auction ends
8:30 - Fight Back Ceremony with Research Speaker
9:00 Luminaria Ceremony
Relay For Life events involve individuals and teams who meet at a school, park, or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the event. Relay events celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
The Survivors Lap will kick off the 2013 Relay For Life event of Tama County at 1:00 p.m.. Survivors will circle the track, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on. Also a part of Tama County's Relay For Life event is the Fight Back Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action such as stopping smoking, eating more healthily, or exercising regularly.