The beat goes on!

And so do the organizers of this year’s Henderson County Relay for Life, who were out Saturday at the Cain Center signing up survivors for this year’s event.

“We are doing really well, team-wise,” said organizer Trena Miers. “We need more sponsors and underwriters.”

Relay for Life is an annual American Cancer Society fund-raiser in which teams of walkers or runners keep at least one participant circling the Brownsboro ISD track from dusk until dawn. Each team raises a minimum of $100 before the event, with incentives offered for those raising more money.

“All of the money raised goes directly to the American Cancer Society for support of the local community’s education, patient service programs and research,” according to an event pamphlet.

Fund-raising opportunities are also available for underwriting, sponsorship and the sales of luminaries and individual donations.

As the night goes on, activities such as pajama contests and pizza parties keep both participants and spectators entertained. Miers said there are still opportunities for folks who would like to help with those types of activities “or just come out period.”

This year’s Henderson County Relay will begin 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Brownsboro ISD track, with an opening ceremony and survivors lap. A luminary ceremony will follow at 9 p.m., with closing ceremony scheduled for 7 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

While all the fun is worthwhile, it’s the fund-raising that makes the event special. The goal for this year’s Henderson County Relay for Life is $75,000.

To participate through forming a team, recognizing a survivor, becoming a sponsor/underwriter, walking as a survivor or just plain volunteering to help, call Miers at (903) 676-2078, or Jennifer Pulley-Williams at (903) 677-1681.

The next pre-Relay event — sponsored by the survivorship committee — is a yard sale/bake sale/barbecue scheduled for 6 a.m.-7 p.m. April 1 at the Peace Officer’s Building on Flat Creek Road in Athens. The committee will be taking donations for the sale Friday, March 31, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Peace Officer’s Building. For information, contact Pulley-Williams at the above number or LeNell Lambright at (903) 681-5974.

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