Cooking contests, a 5-K race, car show, music, cheer performances and food are all scheduled for Saturday’s Relay for Life at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s 4-H building.
Relay For Life is an opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what residents can do to reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease, a news release from event organizers said.
Organizers of the Ascension Relay for Life are hoping to raise $164,000 at the fundraiser.
To date, 21 teams have raised more than $29,000.
In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight cancer.
A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since Klatt’s first walk, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide initiative, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
Throughout the Ascension Relay for Life event, which ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, teams raise money through a variety of activities, including games and food sales; and at least one member of each team walks a track during the event.
Things get started at 9 a.m. with a cracklin cooking contest, followed by the 5-K run at 10:30 a.m.
Jambalaya mini pot cooks start competing at 11 a.m.
The car show begins at noon and teams start the registration process at 12:30 p.m.
A Zumba class is set for 1 p.m. with instructor Michelle Ragusa and Air Liquide will demonstrate nitrogen freezing at 2 p.m.
Impact Cheer team performs at 3 p.m.
The opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m. with Parish President, a cancer survivor, serving as guest speaker.
Cancer survivors are invited to take part in the survivors’ celebration and balloon launch at 6:30 p.m.
The luminaria ceremony, which starts at 9 p.m., takes place after dark to remember people who died from cancer, honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues.
Candles are lit inside of hundreds of personalized bags and are placed around the relay track as tributes to those who have been affected by cancer.
At 10 p.m., organizers hold a “fight back” ceremony, which symbolizes the emotional commitment each resident can make in the fight against cancer, organizers said.
Slam Funk performs at 10:15.