Relay for Life events to last all night

Barb Merriman’s Delano Relay for Life team, the GFWC Grunts, is declaring a War on Cancer. The team will be dressed like soldiers at the Relay, set for July 26 to 27 at Delano Central Park. The Grunts will hit the Relay track along with 24 other Relay teams. Merriman’s team has been together for most of the Delano Relays. Members include eight cancer survivors. The team also will remember two of its members, Joan Litfin and Jim Lundsten. Pictured are Grunts members Lisa Blodgett, front step; Norma Wandersee, second step and (left to right standing) Ruth Daly, Helen Bauman, Ann Lundsten, Bruce VanLith, Kelly Westberg, Deacon Bruhn, Mike Merriman, Alice Fink and Captain Barb Merriman. Not pictured are Kris Abrahamson, Robert Bauman, Shirley Hayes, Julie Koppinger, Sandy Pikus, Jeanie Pilarski and Jim  Zimmerman.

Barb Merriman’s Delano Relay for Life team, the GFWC Grunts, is declaring a War on Cancer. The team will be dressed like soldiers at the Relay, set for July 26 to 27 at Delano Central Park. The Grunts will hit the Relay track along with 24 other Relay teams. Merriman’s team has been together for most of the Delano Relays. Members include eight cancer survivors. The team also will remember two of its members, Joan Litfin and Jim Lundsten. Pictured are Grunts members Lisa Blodgett, front step; Norma Wandersee, second step and (left to right standing) Ruth Daly, Helen Bauman, Ann Lundsten, Bruce VanLith, Kelly Westberg, Deacon Bruhn, Mike Merriman, Alice Fink and Captain Barb Merriman. Not pictured are Kris Abrahamson, Robert Bauman, Shirley Hayes, Julie Koppinger, Sandy Pikus, Jeanie Pilarski and Jim Zimmerman.

The Delano Relay for Life is inviting the general public to head for Delano Central Park, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 26, to share in events honoring cancer survivors, people who lost their battles with cancer and caregivers for cancer victims.

Some activities will have solemn or emotional overtones and some will be meant just for fun. Money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to support it efforts to fight cancer and assist cancer victims and their families. Members of 25 Relay teams will walk all night to remind visitors and themselves about how cancer never sleeps. Closing ceremonies will be at 5:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27.

Here is a schedule of activities of interest to the general public:

4:30 to 6 p.m. — Junk Food Walk will be open in Kid Zone.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Delano Lions will serve dinner. Suggested donation is $6 for non-Relay participants. Dinner is free for participants.

4:30 to 7 p.m. — Home Depot Kid’s Project Area will be open. Also, take a whack at Smash Out Cancer Car. Take a fling at the dunk tank.

4:30 to 8 p.m. — 4-H animal exhibit, tours of fire truck, Kiddie Bouncer, face painting.

4:30 to 9 p.m. — Luminaria and raffle tickets will be sold.

4:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Silent auction will be open. Check out silent auction items from 10:50 to 11:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. —Fund raisers at team camp sites. Care and Share Tent will offer opportunities for visitors to share stories, make prayer requests and enter an hourly drawing.

6:30 to 7 p.m. — Let’s Make a Deal on Dave Zitzloff Field. Delano High School Jazz Band plays in same place.

7 p.m. — Opening ceremony followed by survivor picture at Dave Zitzloff Field.

7:45 p.m. —Survivor Lap with caregivers.

8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. — Survivor reception in survivor tent.

8:15 p.m. — Fire Fighter theme lap.

9 p.m. — Announce raffle drawing winners.

9:30 p.m. — Luminaria ceremony.

10:20 p.m. — Hula Hoop contest.

Activities at Relay team campsites will include items, homemade crafts and food for sale, along with a bean bag tournament, cellphone scavenger hunt, chair massages, Hawaiian games, hula hoop contest, a New Year’s Eve celebration, fire truck rides, getting photos taken in fire fighters’ gear and more.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

 

 

 

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