2012-05-17 / Front Page

Opening ceremonies for Relay for Life set for 6 p.m. at First Assembly of God


Cancer survivors walk the opening lap of the 10th Annual Lincoln County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life. The group will take to the track again this year when the ACS relay gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at First Assembly of God. The community is urged to come out and cheer on the various teams as they support the ACS’s mission to eliminate cancer. Cancer survivors walk the opening lap of the 10th Annual Lincoln County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life. The group will take to the track again this year when the ACS relay gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at First Assembly of God. The community is urged to come out and cheer on the various teams as they support the ACS’s mission to eliminate cancer. The 11th Annual Lincoln County American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life will be held Friday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at First Assembly of God on the Thomson Highway.

The theme for the relay is “Decades of Hope.”

During the evening, teams will have at least one of their members walking around the track at all times to show support for the ACS and its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

The teams participating in this year’s relay are:

(1) “Charlie’s Angels” – Brenda Danner McGahee, team captain.

(2) “Team Easter” – Shannon Easter, team captain.

(3) First Assembly of God – Lisa Aycock, team captain.

(4) Hephzibah Baptist Church – Jodie Marsh, team captain.

(5) LCES – Lindsay Dunn, team captain.

(6) LCHS – Nancy Pund, team captain.

(7) Lincolnton Baptist Church – Renee Hall, team captain.

(8) “Fishers for a Cure” – Pleasant Grove C.M.E. Church, Lillian Elam, team captain.

(9) “St. Luke Saints” – St. Luke Baptist Church, Tamika Holiday, team captain.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Opening Ceremonies: This portion of the program will include remarks by Henry Brown, mayor of the City of Lincolnton; a time of prayer led by Rev. Chip Woodall of First Assembly of God; the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag; and the National Anthem, led by Shannon Cox.

The Survivors’ Lap: Cancer survivors, young and old, will walk the first lap of the relay thereby giving the community a chance to applaud these individuals for their strength and courage.

On Friday, May 4, cancer survivors and caregivers were the guests of honor at a banquet held in the Family Life Center at First Assembly of God.

Approximately 90 survivors attended the event.

The guest speaker was Peggy Brown R.N. of Washington, with special music provided by Brown, Shannon Cox, and Jason Bonds.

The Caregivers’ Lap: The second lap of the relay belongs to the caregivers, who provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support for those with cancer.

The Team Lap: During this lap, the various teams are introduced to the community.

Entertainment: There will be entertainment throughout the evening, starting at 7 p.m. with musical selections performed by the LCHS Red Devil Pride Band.

Other musicians, dancers, and activities include:

Zip lining through the woods – 7-10:30 p.m.

Balloon art by Uncle Sam – 7-9 p.m.

The New Creation Dance Team from the CSRA Worship Center – 7:30 p.m.

Games and face painting – 7:30-9 p.m.

Renee Hall, minister of music at Lincolnton Baptist Church – 8 p.m.

Heaven’s Trio, comprised of Diana Paradise, Glenna Willis, and Shannon Cox.

Deleki Lee, First Baptist Church.

First Assembly of God Praise Band – 9 p.m.

Jason Bonds, First Assembly of God.

Luminaria Ceremony: The Luminaria Ceremony, which begins at 9:30 p.m., is always the highlight of the relay.

The lighting of these candles, placed in weighted bags, will give those present the opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who are battling or have survived cancer and pay tribute to those who have been lost to the disease.

Each luminary will be lit either in honor of someone who has survived or is dealing with cancer or in memory of a loved one who lost the fight. The names of the individuals will be prominently displayed on the bags.

According to Brenda Danner McGahee, survivorship chairman, “We really need to come together and make sure we have plenty of candles lining the track. These candles, lighting up the night, symbolize the hope with which we all continue to fight.

“We are asking the community to make a concerted effort to purchase luminaries for their loved ones to help ensure that all those touched by cancer have many more birthdays.”

Luminaries may be purchased for $5 each from any Relay for Life participant or by calling Brenda McGahee at 706-359-5536.

Miss Relay Pageant: Starting at 10 p.m., this pageant will showcase some of the loveliest “ladies” in Lincoln County.

Following the pageant, there will be “Decade Laps,” featuring songs from the 50s through the 90s as well as line dancing.

Miss Relay will then be crowned, and there will be more line dancing.

Closing Ceremonies: This special event is set for 11:30 p.m.

According to Beth Firebaugh, ACS community manager, “Relay for Life brings friends, families, businesses, churches, and other groups together, all with one common goal: to further the ACS’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

“Relay for Life gives everyone in the community a chance to be a part of the ACS’s mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Firebaugh went on to say that additional spaces are still available for anyone who would like to set up a tent and host an on-site fundraiser for the ACS.

Serving on the Lincoln County ACS Relay for Life Committee this year are Lisa Aycock, chairman; Ashlyn Aycock; Melissa Burgess; Shannon Cox; Brenda McGahee; David Kelly; Judy Leverett; Sherry McKellar; Daisy Morgan; Carrie Scruggs; Debbie Tutt; and Marveen Zellars.

In her remarks, Lisa Aycock, relay chairman, said, “Relay for Life is a special time when the community, cancer survivors, and caregivers can come together and demonstrate unity in the fight against cancer.

“So many people in our county have been touched by cancer – this is a night to honor survivors and reflect on memories of those who did not survive.

“I would encourage anyone, who is able, to support Relay for Life,” she continued. “As a cancer survivor, I know personally what a great blessing this community event can be.”

The funds raised during the relay will go toward furthering the ACS’s mission to eliminate cancer through research, prevention, and early detection programs.

The annual event represents the hope that those lost to the disease will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

For more information about the Lincoln County ACS Relay for Life, contact Lisa Aycock at 706- 359-3135.

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