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Relay For Life to hold one-day August event

January 16, 2019 GMT

The American Cancer Society is calling on all residents of Jefferson County and the surrounding area to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Rock River Friday, Aug. 2, at Watertown High School.

This year’s event will be a one-day event, with all the celebrations happening Aug. 2, as well as the 25th anniversary of Relay For Life in this area.

The theme of the event will be “Relay’s Silver Celebration.” All survivors of cancer, as well as past honorary survivors/caregivers and relay committee members, are invited to come and celebrate this milestone.

The goal of this year’s event is to have 25 teams, raise $65,000 and $15,000 in sponsorships. This money helps fund research, a 24/7 phone line at 1-800-227-2345 for anyone with questions about cancer and free transportation to appointments, as well as supports the Hope Lodges and discounted stays at hotels for families.


On Aug. 2, participants will start walking at 5 p.m. The survivor-caregiver lap will be at 6 p.m. The luminaria ceremony will be at 9 p.m., during which the high school track will be lit up with luminaria bags in honor of all survivors who are fighting cancer, loved ones who have passed as well as caregivers. The Fight Back ceremony will conclude the event at 11 p.m.

Informational meetings will be held Thursday at the Watertown Senior and Community Center at 6:30 p.m. or Saturday at Tribeca GalleryCafé & Books at 8 a.m. Those who cannot make the meeting may call Kay Christian for information at 920-261-0077, visit www.relayforlife.org/watertownwi or find Rock River Relay on Facebook.