Relay For Life “Carnival for a Cure” June 14 From Noon to Midnight

The “Carnival for a Cure” will start at noon and end at midnight on June 14th at Washington County Community College, as cancer fighters unite for the twentieth annual Relay For Life of St. Croix Valley. The carnival theme was chosen to reflect the change from an overnight event to an afternoon and evening celebration, allowing more families to take part for the entire event.

The new format permits more on-site activities, both free and for sale, with proceeds to be benefit American Cancer Society. For example, the Can Man will hold a Relay day bottle drive at the event, and the Calais Day Treatment Program team will offer a costume photo booth. The Calais Rotary Club team will be selling raffle tickets for a kayak raffle. Other teams will have fundraisers taking place, and food will be available for sale as well, including hot dogs, baked potatoes, walking tacos, and cotton candy, to name a few. Proceeds from all activities will benefit the American Cancer Society. In previous years, almost all of the fundraising had already taken place before the event itself.

On Relay day, after remarks from local dignitaries at noon, the opening ceremony includes a “survivor’s walk,” in which cancer survivors walk the Relay pathway in solidarity with one another.  Bystanders may be surprised to discover some of their friends and neighbors who have fought cancer and survived.  A parade of team banners follows, after which the Relay For Life begins in earnest.

Aside from the ongoing activities, the following hourly activities are scheduled for June 14th.

12:00 noon: Opening Ceremony

  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Costume Photo Booth by CDTP Lifesaver’s team to raise money for Relay For Life

  2:00 p.m.: Horseshoe and Washer Toss (available)

  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.“Relay’s Got Talent” contest

  4:00 p.m.: Volleyball/Disc Golf (available)

  5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Duct Tape Costume Contest (bring your own tape, but don’t start until 5:00)

  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Performance by Barbara’s International School of Dance

  7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Bingo by the Knights of Columbus

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.“Minute to Win It” game

 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt by Calais Rotary Club team

 10:00 p.m.: Luminaria ceremony (candles light the pathway honoring survivors and remembering those no longer here.)

 11:00 p.m.: Closing ceremony, slide show with music on the past 20 years of Relay For Life in the St. Croix Valley.

   The ending ceremony will conclude at 12:01 a.m.

The Calais area event is one of more than 5,000 such demonstrations taking place this spring and summer across the United States and Canada, as approximately 3.5 million North Americans celebrate progress in the fight to turn back the continent’s second-leading cause of death.  

Every year, there is more to celebrate in the fight against cancer. The National Cancer Institute reports that survival rates for cancer improved by 1.6 percent per year from 2003 to 2007, and new diagnoses declined 0.8% per year for the same period.    

The Relay for Life is an opportunity to celebrate victories, remember why we fight, and arm researchers for another year of combat.  Those who can not be there June 14th can help the fight by sponsoring others with donations to the American Cancer Society. 

For more information, visit RelayForLife.org/washingtonme or call the Margo Stevens at 731-8584.