Twin sisters Hannah and Emma James release balloons during the 2011 Jay County Cancer Society Walk Against Cancer. This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
Twin sisters Hannah and Emma James release balloons during the 2011 Jay County Cancer Society Walk Against Cancer. This year’s event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
Celebrating its 13th year, Jay County Cancer Society’s Walk Against Cancer event kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The walk will take place at Jay County High School’s Harold E. Schutz Memorial Stadium, with kids’ games and other activities available for visitors.
While the event is free, donations are welcome and any money raised will go directly to patients who have survived cancer or are currently battling cancer.
“Every penny that goes into it stays with our patients,” said Jay County Cancer Society president Shirley Dollar, adding that sponsors pay for all of the event’s expenses.
“If somebody wants to give a dollar, we’ll take it.”
The opening ceremony will take place at 8:30 p.m. when survivors and their families will take a lap around the track after listening to the Star Spangled Banner and a prayer. They will also release 1,000 purple balloons into the sky.
Attendees will also be able to take a walk on the track, visit a photo booth, take part in a cake walk, enjoy food offerings and buy T-shirts to support the cancer society.
New this year is the option to print a survivor’s name or a name in memoriam on the back of the T-shirts for $5, with $2 going to the cancer society.
When it starts to get dark — around 9:30 p.m. — 1,000 luminaries will be lit to spell the word “hope” on the football field as a vigil to those who have been affected by cancer.
“Everyone in the county has had some connection to cancer. … We just feel like this is the best way that we can reach the most people,” said Dollar. “It reminds the county that we are there any time during the year. … It’s a magnificent sight.”
Luminaries can be bought for $10 the day of the walk.
The event raised $30,000 last year, and Dollar hopes this year’s event reaches the $50,000 mark.