Relay for Life set for Saturday at Betts Park

Photo provided to the Times Observer Relay for Life will take over Betts Park on Saturday. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Relay for Life is uniquely positioned to serve several important purposes all wrapped up in one.

At its core, it’s a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.

But it’s also a time to celebrate cancer survivors.

And to remember lives that the various forms of the disease have claimed.

This year’s Relay for Life in Warren County is set for this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Betts Park in Warren.

“The pandemic slowed the entire world down in 2020 and it shut down a lot of fundraising efforts,” said Wendy Carter, advertising coordinator for the Warren County Relay. “But the Relay teams have never given up. They work all year round with helping those afflicted with cancer, supporting cancer studies, and helping families and caretakers alike.”

The theme for Saturday’s Relay is “Hope Ranch” with a western flare.

“There will be live entertainment from singers Kallie Williams and Sarah Marino,” Carter explained. “Matt Cox from the Miracle Mountain Ranch will be ‘showing us the ropes’ along with one of the long-horned steers from the ranch.”

Games and pony rides will be available throughout the day and several food trucks will set up shop at Betts from noon until 6 p.m. There will also be raffles with a special drawing where the winner will take home an Ozark angler kayak.

“The most moving moment of the Relay is the luminaria ceremony where white paper bags are illuminated showing the faces and names of those lost and celebrating the survivors as well as the caretakers of those who cared for cancer patients,” Carter said. “The bags line the entire trail for the Relay and it is a sad yet heartwarming sight.”

Carter encouraged people to “be part of helping others through love, hope and caring.

“We will commemorate those who have lost the battle, celebrate those who have won and help those who are in the fight of their lives.”


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