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Relay For Life kicks off Saturday

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Activities honor all those affected by cancer

By Janet Robb

LEOPOLD - Perry Countians walking for a cure for cancer will converge Saturday at Perry Central High School for the county's 2009 Relay For Life event.

The event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the school's track field and ends at 7 a.m. Sunday. A survivor lap begins at 5 p.m. with a dinner for survivors at 6 p.m. and luminaria service at 9.

To make walking more fun, participants can dress up as their favorite super hero or villain during the lap of the same name at 3 p.m., rock out to the 80s at 4 p.m., banner lap at 11 p.m., backward hour at 2 a.m., country-western at 3 a.m., party music at 4 a.m. and end the morning with a 70s hour lap at 6 a.m.

Lap activities include water balloons at 4 p.m., prize walk lap at 6 p.m., Fight Back Champion ceremony at 7 p.m., poker lap at 7:30 p.m., cake walk at 8 p.m., midnight trivia at midnight, Frisbee golf at 2 a.m., limbo at 4 a.m., lane game at 5 a.m. and Relay wrap up at 7 a.m.

Teams of walkers sponsor a number of activities each year and will sell pizza and snacks. There will also be a scavenger hunt, marshmallow madness and breakfast served Sunday morning.

"In addition to the silent auction we have every year, each team offers things for sale at their tent area to help raise that last little bit of money their team may need to reach their personal goals," said Angel Beertzer, who handles public relations and marketing for Perry County Relay for Life. "It creates some fun and entertainment for team members that are back at the tent site resting and awaiting their next walking session."

Events include teams selling food items like chicken wraps, walking tacos, s'mores, hamburgers, hot dogs and more; cake walks and cornhole tournaments.

"These are just a few great things that will be offered this year, some teams are undecided or have been unable to attend the meetings. You don't know until you get there just how much we will have to offer," said Beertzer.

Beertzer also said local emergency departments and vehicles would be at this weekend's Relay.

In case of bad weather, activities will be held in Perry Central Community School.