Relay for Life held on square Saturday

Relay for Life held on square Saturday

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By Blade C. Williams


Macoupin County’s annual Relay for Life (RFL) was held Saturday, June 10, from 4-10 p.m. The theme for this year’s event was The Wizard of Oz, “There’s No Place Like Hope.”

The event this year was hosted in a different location from previous years. Instead of being held at the fairgrounds, RFL was held at the Carlinville square, which organizer Maggie Filson said received positive feedback from those who were present at the event.

Participating businesses and restaurants from the area set up booths; there also was a dunk tank and bounce houses which Filson said were a huge success. The announcer and entertainment for this year’s event was Big Papa G Entertainment from Edwardsville. Event Leads this year were Filson and Linda Boente, with assistance from the 11 participating teams.

The event kick-off began at 6 p.m. with Filson and Boente leading the opening events, the Survivors’ Ceremony followed by the Survivors’ Lap. Other laps included the Caregivers’ Lap, the Fun-Hat Lap and more. A luminaria event was held at 9 p.m., which  Filson said, “a lot of people attended”. The night ended with the closing ceremony.

The RFL also received donations during the event and from the businesses and restaurants who also participated as well and showed support for the relay and the ACS’s cause to fight back against cancer and support those affected by cancer. Donations have not yet been counted, but the overall goal is to raise a grand total of $30,000 before the Aug. 31 deadline. With this funding the ACS can provide medical assistance, lodging, and other necessities for those affected by cancer.

Filson added that the Relay wrap up will be set for a later date this year, possibly in September or October. The wrap up is an event to hand out awards to the teams that have accomplished their goals, as well as for the best campsite, best team spirit, etc. Plans for RFL 2018, as well as a list of the dates and times for the RFL 2018 monthly planning meetings, will also be discussed during the wrap up meeting.

Filson also imparted a thought for future RFL events: “Families, friends, businesses and loved ones are encouraged to assemble a team together in support of survivors, those who have had cancer and lost their battle, caregivers and those who will be diagnosed with cancer.

From left, Sarah Oswald, Tammy Dugan, Maggie Filson, Kathy Stankoven and Bill Hoff lead the Survivors’ Lap during the Macoupin County Relay for Life, held June 10 on the Carlinville square.