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Posted on Jun 17, 2016

Still time to sign up for Relay for Life fundraiser

Staff report
There’s still time to sign up a team for Quincy’s fourth annual Relay for Life, to be held June 25.
By participating, people are showing their support for those loved ones in their lives who have battled cancer, said Russ Harrington, an organizer of the event.
“I can pretty much guarantee everybody in town has been touched by cancer,” he said.
A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life events are held annually in more than 20 countries with some 4 million people participating, according to the organization’s website. Quincy started participating in the fun four years ago. Teams of participants earn money for the charity from their donors by walking laps around a track.
The Quincy event is 5 p.m. to midnight on that Saturday at the track at Quincy Junior High School.
Among the scheduled events are the opening ceremony and survivors walk, which both begin at 5 p.m. Beginning at 10 p.m. is the luminary walk. The lights are turned off at the track, which is lined with paper bag luminaries. On the bags are the names of people being remembered or honored.
The overall event is a festive one, with music from a D.J. setting the mood for walkers and watchers. There also will be a silent auction and concessions.
This year’s event is following the theme “Color Your World Cancer Free.” Participants are encouraged to either wear tie-dyed clothing or costumes or a color representing the cancer that has affected themselves or their loved ones. For example, the color pink is often used to symbolize breast cancer.
Harrington described this year’s Relay for Life as a “building year.” Put on by a small group, the local event has been struggling recently to attract people and dollars, he said.
Harrington would like to see not only more people get involved in Relay for Life but also to see more awareness of the event in the community.
As for people interested in joining in, they can sign up now online through the recreation department or up until the day of the event. Or, icome down and walk some laps and join in the fun, Harrington said.

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