Tussey Mountain Relay For Life starts Friday

SAXTON – Tussey Mountain will host its annual Relay For Life at the Saxton Liberty Elementary School, 1110 Mifflin St., starting at 10 a.m. June 21 and concluding at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22.

Contributions help the American Cancer Society fight cancer, through research, education, advocacy and patient services.

A Survivor Dinner is held for survivors in the community to come together and share their experience with cancer and to connect during this event.

The Tussey Mountain community’s cancer survivors will be honored at a dinner in the cafeteria starting at 5 p.m. Friday.

Registration begins at 3 p.m .for any survivors that have not registered.

Relay events are to encourage all those with cancer to continue fighting and ensure the community that there is hope when given a diagnosis of cancer.

Throughout the day, there will be activities for everyone in the family.

There will be children’s games from noon to 2 p.m. and live bands, speakers and music by Mitchell Rickabaugh, Raystown DJ.

As teams continue their fundraising efforts, there will be items for sale, such as food, crafts, T-shirts, wristbands and raffles.

Since this year’s theme is “Competing for a Cure,” each tent will be portraying a different Summer Olympics sport.

The public is encouraged to visit each tent to see all of the creativity.

There will be a free public concert from 9 to 11 p.m. by The Fabulous Flashbacks. Donations will be accepted.

New this year is a bakery auction at 6:30 p.m. for teams to show off their baked goods. The public is encouraged to stop by and bid on their favorite items.

In addition, the annual Miss Relay Contest will be held.

The evening festivities will culminate with a luminaria ceremony, where purchased luminaria names will be honored. Pick up forms for luminaria at the Saxton Station Pharmacy or at the Relay event. Luminaria sales will be held until 5 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, but still would like to donate toward this cause, visit relayforlife.org.

If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with cancer, call Cindy Baker at 635-3232 to be included in the evening plans.