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Relay for Life Saturday

New location, same great cause

Rain or shine, the 2016 edition of the Crittenden County Relay for Life is tomorrow. Teams will look to “Color Our World With Hope” Saturday afternoon into the evening.

After years of fighting Mother Nature out at Tilden Rodgers Park, this year’s Relay will be held at Marion First Baptist Church, from 4 to 11 p.m.

Cancer attacks in many forms, and Relay teams will be looking to raise awareness with many colors. Each fundraising team chose a color. Many are familiar with the use of pink to bring awareness to breast cancer, or perhaps light blue for prostate cancer awareness, but the color of hope comes in many shades.

“It hit home this year. We are doing this to fight all types of cancer, not just one,” Relay for Life volunteer Rhonda Standridge said earlier this week.

The Crittenden County Relay for Life benefits from a lot of generosity.

“All the bands and most items are donated,” said Standridge. “Its a volunteer organization. Our county is one of the most generous in the region.”

You don’t have to stay the whole time, but the teams would love for everyone in the community to stop by and be a part.

“It is a really good fairlike atmosphere,” said Standridge. “They’ll be lots for the kids to do. There is lots of good music and good food. Everything is donated so 100 percent of the proceeds of things sold that night go toward team fundraising goals. There is really no overhead for the relay, so all the money goes for the cause.”

By John Rech