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Teresa Larsen (left) leads survivors in a warm-up exercise before they start their lap around the track at a previous year’s Relay for Life. 

 

Lincoln County’s Aug. 2 Relay for Life event is on the horizon, with organizers locking in the various events and entertainment options that the evening will provide.

“[It’s] slowly but surely coming together,” Event Chairperson Charlotte Bono said. “I’m going to start to double-check and tie up strings next week on all the things that I’ve got selected and chosen and the people people who’ve said they were coming.” 

Relay for Life will start with the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. at Clonts Field, followed by the survivor and caregiver walk.

The Shriners will show up with their tiny yellow cars, a St. Louis group called the 501st Legion will show up in Star Wars themed costumes and the Lincoln County Health Department will be giving out free bike helmets.

The Sheriff’s Office will also put on a K-9 display for the crowds, and a monster truck will also be on-site as well for the event alongside food booths, a DJ and a silent auction.

As day turns to dusk, attendees can participate in the Luminaria Ceremony, which Bono said is the most memorable part of the event for her, where those affected by cancer are represented by lighting up the field with Luminaria. 

“What affects me the most is the Luminaria Ceremony, it’s just so touching to see the bags out there and to hear all the names,” Bono said. “And also the survivor [walk] – the first time I went and saw all the survivors from Lincoln County, I was like, ‘oh my goodness, I had no idea that there were that many,’ and it was so many people that I knew.

“That is the high point to me – celebrating the survivors and commemorating the ones that we’ve lost, that’s a big deal.”

So far the event has raised almost $25,000, which is $45,000 shy of its ultimate goal. With just over two weeks left in the deadline, Bono said every dollar helps.

Money raised goes to the American Cancer society for cancer research and patient care programs. 

The evening is a celebration of hope, Bono said, one anyone can participate in whether they are young, old, a cancer survivor or perfectly healthy. The committee that puts the event together is small – around six people – but volunteers to help out on the event night are a must. 

Anyone looking to get involved can contact Bono at (636) 358-0827 or cjbono@centurytel.net.

“We’re open to all suggestions and help that we can get,” Bono said. 

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