Submitted by Brandi Price
Purple ribbons and purple window paint have adorned McKinney storefronts since last weekend as part ofa two-week pep rally to celebrate cancer awareness and to get people fired up about participating inthe city’s annual American Cancer Society fund-raiser, Relay For Life.
The 12th annual Relay For Life of McKinney, presented by Darling Homes, the event’s title sponsor, is anovernight fund-raiser that celebrates cancer survivors and their caregivers, and remembers those who’ve losttheir battle with cancer. It will be held 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, April 26 at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch, 6151Alma Road. People join teams and walk throughout the night and raise money for the American Cancer Society.This year’s fund-raising goal is $515,000.
The night will kick off with honoring and recognizing cancer survivors and their caregivers. Those who haveregistered to participate in Relay For Life of McKinney, presented by Darling Homes, will be the first people towalk along the track. Each survivor’s and caregiver’s name will be read aloud as the survivor receives a medaland is cheered on by attendees, other survivors, family members, and cheerleaders.
After the survivors lap and caregiver lap are complete, the ballfield lights will dim as a moment of silencewill be held for the annual Luminaria Ceremony. Luminaria, which are bags that are decorated with the namesof those who have lost their battle with cancer, will be placed along the track as the crowd participates in amoment of silence to honor loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer. White luminaria cost $10; redluminaria cost $25; blue luminaria cost $50; and purple luminaria cost $100.
After the Luminaria Ceremony team members will begin walking and competing for various fund-raisergames and competitions set up by teams and the 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney Committee. Those activitiesand fund-raising events including themed walks, such as the popular and funny Mr. Relay walk where men
will be dressed in women’s pageant dresses, tiaras, and boas, all in fun, to compete for the coveted crownof Mr. Relay! Live music from the Maylee Thomas Band, Zydeco Stingrays, Katrina Kaye, Rachel Teague,The Banditz, The Final Four, and many more! People may still register as participants or form teams atwww.RelayForLife.org/McKinneyTx.
There will also be a Race For Relay lap contest where contestants will have a driver who will walk aroundthe track and represent their team. Teams will be provided materials, such as cardboard to build a would-be racecar to wear or hold while walking, box cutters, construction paper, tape, and glue to decorate the car. People areencouraged to dress in their best race attire and to bring extra supplies if they want to.
This year’s Relay will also feature the Amazing Race game where people will visit various check-in sitesand hunt for clues to compete in challenges throughout the ballpark. People can also get into the spirit byfighting back against cancer in the Fight Back karate demonstration booth where you can try your hand at board
breaking with the best!
McKinney goes purple for Relay – Businesses can help celebrate cancer awareness by purchasing purpleribbons, which feature the color of Relay For Life, purple, by contacting Paint The Town Purple Chairwomanand 12 year Relay For Life volunteer Janet Trowbridge at 972-658-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of McKinney is a life changing event that gives everyone incommunities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer or are currentlybattling cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has touched all of us in one wayor another,” Trowbridge said. “This is a great opportunity for business owners and the public to show their spiritin helping to fight cancer while spreading the word about Relay For Life!”
People may still purchase purple ribbons to decorate their doors, windows, store fronts or anything elseduring the next two weeks during the Paint The Town Purple event to help raise community awareness aboutRelay. Trophies will be awarded for to the person or business that has the most “most creative”, “most purple”,and “most fight back spirit.” Just contact Trowbridge at email@example.com .
Currently, Relay For Life of McKinney is the third largest event in our region, the High Plains Division ofthe American Cancer Society. Our Relay is the third largest event behind the Relay For Life of Bay Area andthe country of Guam. As of April 7, 161 survivors, 174 caregivers of cancer patients, and 825 participants has
registered to participate in the 12th annual Relay For Life of McKinney. Also, 94 teams had been created for thisyear’s Relay event. To register as a participant or cancer survivor, become a sponsor, or to volunteer at the 2013RFL of McKinney, please visit www.RelayForLife.org/McKinneyTx.