Everyone in the community is invited to come out and enjoy the third annual Relay for Life of Olney on Friday, April 25, at Cub Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and events start at 6 p.m. Teams may begin setting up at noon Friday at the stadium.
At 6 p.m., Dr. Jeremy Johnson, who co-chairs the event along with his wife, Trina, will welcome guests and team members. The invocation will be given by the Rev. David Carpenter of Cumberland Presbyterian Church and then Jeremy and Crystal Johnson will speak shortly after. Crystal is the daughter of longtime local UPS man David Wright. Her husband, Jeremy, has recently undergone a struggle with cancer, and will speak about his experiences.
A special, emotional Survivor's Lap will end the presentation, and a Team Lap will follow. This year's Relay for Life will feature a silent auction at the Survivor Tent. The auction starts at 6:15 p.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m.
Everyone is also encouraged to come out and watch during the Mr./Mrs. Relay contest at 12:30 a.m.
Different teams will have booths set up, and everyone is encouraged to stop by and take part in different activities and events to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Team booths are as follows:
802s (Air Tractor) - frito pie, desserts, candy and drinks.
Island of Hope (Olney InterBank) - Mexican stack-ups and drinks.
Drilling for Life - Brisket and dessert, cake walk beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Lifesavers (Hamilton Hospital/Olney Family Clinic) - soups, nachos, hot chocolate, coffee, and face and hair painting.
Shooting for a Cure - hot dogs, fruit cups, Chicken Express sweet tea and glow necklaces.
Committed for Life - Silent auction.
OHCC Wheelers & Healers (Olney Healthcare Center) - Relay for Life tattoos.
St. Luke Lutherans for Life - Bounce house.
Grace Care (Grace Care Center) - Caramel apples.
Connected for Hope (Brazos) - Corn dogs, pickles, coffee and water.
Activities, special laps and games will be held throughout the night to help keep the teams active and excited. Special laps will be held at different times, and will ask team members to dress in camo, in western gear and in crazy hats and necklaces. There will be a superhero lap, a s'mores lap, a Mardi Gras lap and more. Activities and games for participants will include hula hoops, a three-legged race, a treasure hunt, ping pong shape and many others.
The event will conclude early Saturday, April 26, with awards at 5 a.m. followed by clean-up and breakfast for teams.
All money raised during the event will go to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life.