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Relay to draw a big crowd to Imlay City

American Cancer Society 24-hour event kicks off Sat.

Team members take to the track at Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds during last year’s Relay for Life event in Imlay City.

June 09, 2010
IMLAY CITY — Hundreds of people from Lapeer County and beyond will gather at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds this weekend for the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life event.

Relay Chairperson Joyce Nolin-Capman said organizers are excited for Saturday to arrive.

"We are looking forward to a great event," Capman said.

More than 40 teams, consisting of 830 people are slated to participate in the 24 hour fundraiser. According to the event Web site, more than $88,000 in donations have already been collected.

The relay kicks off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with opening ceremonies and a special welcome from Mayor Rod Warner and other dignitaries. Walkers will make their first lap around the track at 8 a.m.

In addition to walking, the next 24 hours that follow will also be filled with special events—the Fight Back ceremony at 2 p.m. with State Rep. Kevin Daley, the Survivors and Caregivers ceremony at 6 p.m. and the Luminaria ceremony at 9:45 p.m. A silent auction will also be held from 5-7 p.m.

"We would love to have more survivors participate this year," Capman said.

"The American Cancer Society's goal is to create more birthdays for everyone. Who doesn't want more candles on their cake?"

A short ceremony will honor survivors and their caregivers, followed by a special 'survivors lap' and reception.

The Luminaria ceremony gives relayers a chance to remember those lost to cancer. Candles and tiki torches will be lit and encircle the track.

The public is welcome to stop by the Relay at any time and participate in the special ceremonies.

Other fun events and specialty laps will help everyone stay awake through the late night and early morning hours. Live entertainment will also be on stage throughout the 24 hours.

Capman said this year's Relay will be more accessible for handicapped persons. There will be a special handicapped parking area and golf carts will be available for anyone who has a hard time walking.

Capman credits all the committee members who've worked hard to organize the event.

"We just encourage people to come out and experience what the Relay for Life is all about," she said.

For more information about the Lapeer County Relay for Life, go to

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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