Relay For Life event scheduled for August
Next month’s Relay For Life in Rangely will have a special meaning for Kathie Johnson of Craig.
Johnson beat breast cancer three years ago, and she said the event gives her a chance to meet other cancer survivors and show support for those battling the disease.
This will be Johnson’s second relay.
“It’s always good to meet with other survivors,” Johnson said.
Relay For Life is an all-night relay around a track. Teams of 10 people have to have one person on the track throughout the relay, which runs from 6 p.m. Aug. 26 to 10 a.m. Aug. 27.
The event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the Relay in Rangely raised about $18,000.
Johnson has a team of 13 people already signed up.
Last year, Johnson’s team won the costume contest when they dressed up as members of the rock band Kiss.
This year, teams will dress up as characters from Disney movies.
Organizing a team can be a lot of work, but Johnson never questions whether it’s worth it.
“It’s definitely worth the time and effort,” Johnson said. “It’s a very neat experience.”
Relay For Life Chairwoman Pauline Hillard started the Rangely event last year. About 150 people on 15 teams competed, and two were from Craig.
This year, Hillard said three teams from Craig are signed up, including Johnson’s team.
Hillard likes participating in the event because it brings people together and shows support for cancer victims.
“As a community, we all get together, and we’re trying to fight the same thing,” she said. “It shows survivors that we are standing behind them.”
Hillard said the relay isn’t a race or an endurance test.
“It’s far from a marathon,” Hillard said. “You can run as much or as little as you want.”
Teams can sign up for the relay until the day it starts, and Hillard encourages anyone interested to get involved.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Hillard said. “You don’t get the sense of the relay until you’re actually there.”
For more information about the relay, call Hillard at (970) 675-2300.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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