By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Next Friday, Light Park will be home to the Seward County Relay for Life. This year’s committee has set a goal of raising $22,000 to help find a cure for cancer, and according to American Cancer Society Staff Partner Lisa Nelson, teams are more than halfway to reaching that goal.
Nelson said there are currently eight teams signed up for the event, and around $12,000 has been raised so far.
This year’s Relay will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, with a luminary ceremony at 10 p.m. There will be silent auction baskets, games, activities and supper throughout the night, as the Relay runs until 7 a.m. Saturday, June 11.
Nelson said the money raised provides care for many cancer patients.
“Last year, American Cancer Society helped 70 Seward County residents, provided hotel stays at the Hope Lodge for 74 nights for four patients and 16 nights for their caregivers and provided 14 gas cards in the amount of $100 each,” she said.
Nelson said ACS also provided wigs, hats, nutritional supplement, transportation other than by their own vehicle and more.
“The money we raise does not stay in your local banks, but comes back to the patient as needed,” she said. “This year, we have helped 24 patients so far.
The Seward County committee hosted a cancer survivor dinner Thursday at El Rancho Exotica Ranch, and Nelson said the goal for that event was 40 survivors and caregivers.
The teams have several activities planned for the evening of Relay, including a cake walk, food, digging for gold, massages, fun laps and dancing.
“You can purchase a luminary bag also at the registration table for $10,” Nelson said. “You can decorate them, and they will be placed around the park in honor or in memory of your loved one.”
She said donations can also be made online by going to www.relayforlife.org/sewardcoks and clicking on the donate button.
Nelson is encouraging everyone to come out to Light Park next Friday night.
“Our committee has worked hard on this relay, and we are low in numbers, but big in heart,” she said. “Please come out and enjoy an evening with your family, eat, play some games, bid on baskets, and make some memories. We will be there all night.”