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This year a fantastic committee put together a very successful Relay for Life of Lincoln County event. The Relay took place at
Clonts Field on Aug. 2 – 3 beginning at 7 p.m. and closing ceremonies taking place at 1 a.m. This event was able to raise over $100,500, and still counting. The Dream Team was this year’s top fundraiser as they brought in $15,000 alone! The teams, sponsors and individuals that came out to support the cause were generous and thrilled to help Finish The Fight! Rainy conditions kept some inside but others were able to battle Mother Nature as they carried on with the events that were planned.
The survivors and caregivers walk began the night as the Presentation of Colors lead the way down the track. All survivors were noted in purple shirts to signify their battle they have won. The importance of the times selected to begin and end this annual event are to show the battle that one would face while going through cancer. The light and darkness of the day and night correspond to the physical effects, emotions and mental state of cancer patients while undergoing treatment.
The Relay for Life of Lincoln County always begins in the evening when the sun is setting. This symbolizes the time that people are diagnosed with cancer and their spirit is getting darker along with the day. As the night continues, it gets colder and darker, just as the emotions of cancer patients do. The night hours represent the time when cancer patients start treatment. They become exhausted, sick, and possibly wanting to give up. Those who are involved with Relay for Life feel much the same way while walking during these hours. The night shows how hard it can be to continue with the battle, but also can be the light at the end of the tunnel.
As the closing ceremony for the Relay took place at about 1 a.m., this signified the time the cancer Survivors see the progress and hope as they know their battle has been won and know that life will go on.
During the evening, there was a silent auction, luminaria and fight back ceremony, zumba, volleyball, face painting, musical entertainment and much more to celebrate finding a cure.