Relay For Life of Sarcoxie began in 2005 with the event being held at the Sarcoxie High School Football Field. Relay For Life is an event of the American Cancer Society. The mission of the American Cancer Society is the American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. One of the great things about the Relay For Life is that the money is used locally to help those that are fighting cancer as well as the research to find a cure.
The year of 2011 brought changes to Relay For Life of Sarcoxie. The event was relocated to the town square and the hours changed from 7PM to 7AM to 10AM to 10PM. While Relay is usually done over night to signify that cancer never sleeps, it was decided that the event would be better with different hours and many of the survivors on teams had issues with trying to stay up all night. The event was also moved to the spring instead of the summer. This way people can enjoy the day instead of constantly looking for a shady place to cool down.
Relay remembers those we have lost with a Luminaria ceremony towards the end of the day, celebrates those that are survivors with a Fight Back ceremony as well as recognition at the beginning of the event. Last but not least we celebrate those that have fought and won the battle. The day is filled with live entertainment, fun and games for everyone, and of course good food to eat.
Relay For Life is for everyone to attend. You do not have to know anyone that has had cancer, be a survivor or a part of American Cancer Society. Anyone can come spend time at a Relay event. It is a way you can learn about ways to help cancer patients, help raise some money to help fight cancer, have some fun with your family and friends, and possibly find a way to get involved in next year’s event.
Relay for Life of Sarcoxie is always the third Saturday in May. This year Relay For Life of Sarcoxie is May 20, 2017 on the Sarcoxie Square!
You can join a team, start a team or just find out about the event. You may also contact the Event Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.