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American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins Saturday

The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature event where participants walk, run, stroll or roll in shifts around a track for 24 hours. Participants are encouraged to camp out and take part in fun family activities when they aren’t taking their turn on the track.

“Relay for Life is not just about raising money, it’s about raising awareness and bringing attention to this horrible disease,” said Marilynn Shaw, organizer of the Columbia Gorge Relay for Life. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors themselves and they are living proof of the strides we have made in the fight against cancer.”

The money raised at Relay for Life will allow the American Cancer Society to continue funding cancer research, develop new prevention and detection programs and continue providing its expansive patient support programs.

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The American Cancer Society Columbia Gorge Relay for Life Schedule of Events:

Saturday, July 19

7 a.m. — Set-up

9 a.m. — Opening ceremonies

9 a.m. — Coffee available full 24 hours sponsored

by Tony White Agency

10 a.m. —Registration reopens

10 a.m. — Team Captains’ meeting

10 a.m. — Children’s activities until noon

10:30 a.m. — Morning stretch

11 a.m. — Luminaria sales open until 9 p.m.

11:30 a.m. — Hat N Shade hour

Noon — Haircutting — Locks of Love

sponsored by Papa Murphy’s

12:30 p.m. — Barbecue served by Hood River Fire

Dept., sponsored by Rosauers - $4

1 p.m. — Children’s activities until 4 p.m.

sponsored by Columbia Gorge Pediatrics

Dental Clinic

1 p.m. — Water slide until 5 p.m. provided by

West Side Fire Department

1 p.m. — Jamba Marimba Band until 2:30 p.m.

2 p.m. — Team basket silent auction until 5 p.m.

2 p.m. — Mike’s Ice Cream Social sponsored by

Cascade Travel – no cost

3 p.m. — Music - Larry Ross until 4 p.m.

5 p.m. — Survivor check in until 5:45 p.m.

5 p.m. — White Salmon Jazz Band until 6:30 p.m.

6 p.m. — Victory lap with reception immediately following. Sponsored by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and DR Plumbing. Thanks to Parkdale Gardens, Misty Mountain Naturals for providing decorations and survivor gifts.

6:30 p.m. — Fajita bar sponsored by Juanita’s, $6.

7:30 p.m. — Campsite winners announced, cancer theme and just for fun, sponsored by Sub Shop #15

8 p.m. — Blue Trick until 9:30 p.m.

10 p.m. — Luminaria ceremony sponsored by Hood River Ford

11:30 p.m. — Pajama contest

11:30 p.m.— Andrew’s movie - walk-in movie

Midnight — Be on track for lap poker, veggie bingo and more until 4 a.m.

Sunday, July 20

6 a.m. — Sunrise breakfast sponsored by Don Nunamaker Realtors and served by Soroptimists International of Hood River - no cost

7 a.m. — Sun salutation stretch

8:30 a.m. Final lap by all participants and closing ceremonies

9 a.m. — Clean-up

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