Relay for Life is one of the most well attended community events each year.

Friday evening will be a time for community members to come together and stand up against cancer.

Starting at 6 p.m., this year’s Relay for Life will kick off at Tom Johnson Rally Park.

A wide variety of activities, booths and events will help raise funds for the American Cancer Society and honor those who have battled or are battling the disease.

Relay co-chair Tonya Waycaster stated that this year McDowell’s Chapter of Relay for Life had 58 teams registered for the event and a lot of things planned for those who attend.

“The teams have campsites and will be selling items to raise money for Relay for Life,” said Waycaster. “There will be many types of food offered like Chick-fil-A, hamburgers/hotdogs, Italian subs, pizza, funnel cakes, and many other types of food.”

Along with a wide variety of food and items for sale, there will also be live music for attendees to enjoy throughout the night.

Live music will start at 5 p.m. when survivor registration begins. During that time, survivors can come and register and pick up their survivor t-shirt.

Survivors can also look forward to a nice meal that they and a guest can enjoy.

“McDowell Hospital and 21st Century Oncology will be providing the Hero of Hope Survivor Tent,” said Waycaster. “This will be where each survivor and one guest can enjoy a relaxing place to sit down, enjoy a meal and enjoy each other.”

Additional events planned for this year’s Relay include a survivor walk, memory walk, luminaries, numerous raffle baskets, line dancing and scavenger hunt.

This year’s memory walk will take place at 9 p.m. For that event, folks can purchase memory candles at the pavilion for $1.

There will also be a rope bridge, bouncy house for kids, mechanical bull, dunking booth, jail and bail, prom walk and dance, messages to heaven, face painting and closing ceremony.

“The prom walk will take place at 2 a.m.,” said Waycaster. “The junior/senior prom is Friday night and by having a prom walk, this will encourage the teenagers to come back and enjoy the Relay activities and also show off their prom gowns and tuxedos and dance in the pavillion.”

McDowell County’s Chapter of Relay for Life hopes to raise a total of $125,000 during this year’s event.


A few quick reminders for relay attendees.

--Gates open for teams to start setting up at 9 a.m. Friday. Teams need to check in with someone from the planning committee to ensure that they set up at the correct campsite.

--Any cars need to be off of the track by 3:30 p.m. Friday.

--No pets are allowed at the Relay for Life event.

--Folks should avoid blocking the track and leave it open for walkers.

--Any team with team members under the age of 18 will need to pick up wrist bands at the pavilion. This will be an identifier that the child is associated with a team.

--Any of the prom goers should also pick up a wrist band when they arrive at the Relay event.

--Teams should have their campsite cleaned up and ready to move by 8 a.m. on Saturday.