Relay for Life QC to kick off campaign Aug. 6

Members of the Relay for Life Queen Creek donned colorful attire and traveled through the community July 22 to “paint the town purple.” Purple is the color associated with the American Cancer Society, which benefits from Relay for Life fundraising. Among those participating in the event were, from left: Tanner Oliphant, Rick Oliphant, Kaden Oliphant, Dawn Oliphant, Lily Flores, Linda Garza, Pat Miller, Lucia Flores, Bryan Parkinson, Dylan Kavanaugh, Rose Kavanaugh and Elvis Kavanaugh. Relay for Life Queen Creek is an overnight event that will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Queen Creek High School. (Independent Newspapers/Arianna Grainey)

Members of the Relay for Life Queen Creek donned colorful attire and traveled through the community July 22 to “paint the town purple.” Purple is the color associated with the American Cancer Society, which benefits from Relay for Life fundraising. Among those participating in the event were, from left: Tanner Oliphant, Rick Oliphant, Kaden Oliphant, Dawn Oliphant, Lily Flores, Linda Garza, Pat Miller, Lucia Flores, Bryan Parkinson, Dylan Kavanaugh, Rose Kavanaugh and Elvis Kavanaugh. Relay for Life Queen Creek is an overnight event that will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Queen Creek High School. (Independent Newspapers/Arianna Grainey)

 

Committee seeks cancer survivors for Sept. 17 event

Members of the Relay for Life Queen Creek team are gearing up for the event kick-off Aug. 6. They are inviting the public to come by and support the fundraiser, which benefits the American Cancer Society, learn more about the event and sign up a team.

People can drop by the kick-off event anytime between noon and 8 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 21374 S. Ellsworth Loop in the Queen Creek Marketplace.

They can sign up a team, get information about the relay and ways to participate and learn about cancer prevention and awareness. Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of all food sales during the kick-off to the relay, event co-chair Tina Parkinson said during an interview.

In addition, prizes will be awarded and people can purchase and decorate a luminaria. The latter is a paper bag in which a votive candle is placed.

On the night of the relay, the luminarias line the track and light the path the team walkers take.

There are three versions available: a plain white bag and a white bag with the ACS logo, which cost $10 each; and a gold foil bag with stars cut out along the top, which costs $25. All three can be personalized with decorations.

This year’s relay for life will take place Sept. 17 on the football field at Queen Creek High School, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road.

The opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. will kick off the overnight event, which continues until 6 the following morning.
Games and activities are incorporated to provide entertainment and build camaraderie between the different teams as well as members of the public who are invited to attend and support the teams’ efforts.

The event also celebrates cancer survivors and their caretakers and honors those who have died from the disease.
The relay committee is looking for cancer survivors to participate in the survivors lap, which starts the opening ceremonies, event champion Dawn Oliphant said during a phone interview. Cancer survivors will be treated to a meal after the ceremony.

Money raised helps support cancer research and educational programs, according to the ACS website.

To learn more or sign up a team, stop by the Aug. 6 kick-off event, visit the committee’s Facebook page at Relay for Life Queen Creek, e-mail relayforlifeofqueencreek@gmail.com or call Ms. Parkinson at 602-647-2591.

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