Relay for Life

Luminarias line the track at Church Hill Middle School as cancer survivors and caregivers walk the first lap at Relay for Life on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Relay for Life of Comal County seeks walkers, volunteers, survivors, caregivers and teams to join in the fight to end cancer.

This year’s annual Relay for Life event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 and lasts through midnight Saturday, April 27 at Church Hill Middle School. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society to fund community cancer research, advocacy and patient services programs.

“Relay for Life is a great opportunity for our community to come together and create a world without cancer,” said Jen Mills-Howard, event organizer. “It provides us with a way to celebrate and honor cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and promote the fight to end cancer.

“One person can make a difference!”

On Thursday, Mills-Howard said the event has $69,647 toward this year’s goal of $130,000.

“There are 44 teams and 306 participants in this year’s Comal County Relay for Life and it’s not too late to donate to the worthy cause,” she said.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Friday. Following the 6 p.m. opening ceremony will be the Survivor/Caregiver Lap, in which cancer survivors of all ages and their caregivers take a first walk around the track. A Childhood Cancer Awareness Lap, designated with the tag #GOLDTOGETHER, will follow.

The solemnity will become festive as teams hit the track in taking All Teams Laps, some wearing gear themed after Dr Seuss characters. Dusk begins a luminaria, a candlelight vigil honoring survivors and those lost to cancer. The glow from candles lining the track serves as a reminder for all to continue the fight against the disease.

“We will have Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley impersonators, 50/50 Bingo, Rock Painting, Bounce Houses, contests, raffles, on-site fundraisers, Food Row, Kona Ice, Party Party Photobooth and NB Sign Gypsies Signage,” Mills-Howard said, adding more teams and participants are welcome, along with volunteers to help out during the event. 

Participants can register online at relayforlife.org/comaltx, by calling ACS at 1-800-227-2345 and selecting option 2, or in person on the night of the event. Those registering in advance will receive a Survivor T-shirts and goody bags.

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