Relay For Life kickoff

Posted 1/5/18

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Relay For Life in Bradley County. Hundreds of thousands in donations have been raised through the Relay.

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Relay For Life kickoff


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Relay For Life in Bradley County. Hundreds of thousands in donations have been raised through the Relay.

The Relay For Life event committee has been meeting and discussing this year’s Relay it began. Members have been planning for the May 19 event since the completion of last year's successful fundraiser.

Some new twists have been developed for the Relay, including a special kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 9. That event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Family YMCA.

Chrissy Seals, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life coordinator for Bradley County, said the kickoff in the past has been at a special breakfast, but this year, to bring more who wish to develop Relay teams, it was moved to late afternoon/early evening.

“We appreciate St. Luke’s Episcopal Church allowing us to have our kickoff breakfasts there, and hope they stay involved in the Relay — maybe by having a team,” Seals said.

She said the kickoff is for those who have had teams in the past and new groups who wish to be involved. Information about the May Relay will be discussed at the kickoff, so new teams will learn more about the event.

Old, new and potential teams will learn how the Relay will celebrate the 25th anniversary — the Relay’s “silver anniversary.” Since silver signifies 25 years, the group wanted the 2018 event to use that precious metal in the theme. They also wanted the theme to be usable by Relay teams for booths, costumes and Tshirts. It seemed the idea of honoring the "silver screen" fit all of those criteria. Thus, the theme "Lights, Camera, Action" became "Lights, Camera, Cure" for this year’s Relay For Life.

The 2018 Relay For Life will also return to Cleveland High School. Seals said that CHS has already said they will have a Relay team. She said that there are more teams signed up now than at the same time last year, but more teams are needed to be involved.

"This is the 25th anniversary — it is a special year — and we would love to see it be one of our best," Seals said.

Event coordinator Brendan Foley, herself a cancer survivor, said he would love to see those who have participated in past years but not in recent relays return.

"The more teams we have, the more donations we can receive to help those in our community dealing with cancer, either personally or with family members," Foley said.


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