February 9, 2016

Arenac County Relay starting off with Survivors Ice Cream Social


STANDISH — For years the American Cancer Society has held the Relay For Life, as a chance to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and those who have lost their life to the disease.

This year the Arenac County Relay For Life will take place at the Standish-Sterling Middle School Track from Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 11.

While registration will take place at the gate of the event, the Relay hopes to kick off the event in a cool way with their second annual ice cream social on July 7.

The social will take place at 6 p.m. inside of the Standish-Sterling Central High School commons area, which is right inside of the high school’s main entrance.

The social will provide survivors the chance to pre-register for the event.

“We will invite all of the Arenac County survivors out. It’s an opportunity for them to pre-register and get their T-shirts,” said Arenac County Relay For Life Chairwoman Dawn McNamara. “A lot of survivors, for medical reasons, can’t do the whole day. If they want to, we’ll Relay for them.”

While survivors gather, have fun, and talk to friends, the ice cream social will also include a small presentation about the Relay and how the event is going to operate, as there will be plenty of things to do and to entertain participants throughout the 24-hour period.

“We don’t want them standing in line on Relay day. I would like to say 80-100 people,” said McNamara about the amount of participants that she hopes to see at the ice cream social. “Keeley Tax Service, they donated the paper products, while Spartan Tire donated the ice cream toppings.”

Though a lot of participants have already registered for the Relay, McNamara said that anyone can still register to be part of the 24 hour marathon.

“If they were going to be a partcipant with a T-shirt then they would have to have already signed up. The only extra T-shirts that we will have there will be for the survivors,” she said. “They can either contact me or go to the website (to join).”

To join, the Relay teams are not required to pay any fees, but McNamara said that there are suggested goals set for teams to raise.

“We ask each team to raise about $300 a team,” she said even though any amount will be happily accepted. “We do realize that we have teams that overachieve (and) we do fundraisers as a committee.”

Though the Relay has only been in the county since the early to mid 1990s, McNamara said that the money they have raised to help find the cure for cancer has changed quite a bit.

“They’re saying that Relay in Arenac County has been going since the mid 90s,” she said. “The first Relay raised about $2,000. Last year we raised about $56,000.”

To register for the event as a team or an individual, participants can contact Arenac County Relay For Life Chairwoman Dawn McNamara at 210-316-9986, or go to the website at www.relayforlife.org/arenaccountymi.

Look for a complete Relay for Life section in the July 7, edition of the Independent.

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