New date, time set for this year’s Relay for Life

IRON RIVER—It’s going to be a “Walk in the Park” as the fourth annual Relay for Life takes to Nelson Field on Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 10 p.m.
    Mother Nature had a lot to do with the change in date and times, according to organizers Chris Shamion and Kathy Holm. Last year’s event was held on June 24 and was scheduled to run from noon to midnight.
    “Last year, we had an early cancellation due to the storm,” said Shamion, whose family has been instrumental in promoting the Relay for Life in Iron County.
    Shamion added that the previous year’s weather didn’t help much either and that the shorter hours just seemed to be more appropriate.
    Shamion said another factor in changing the date to early in June was because the month normally has quite a few activities happening in the community.
    “Hopefully, it’s a wonderful way to start the summer.”
    Activities at the field get underway with the opening ceremony at 2:15 p.m. followed by the first lap around the track, led by cancer survivors attending the Relay.
    The survivor speech, with speaker Annie Greenwood of Crystal Falls, is set for 6 p.m. Ashley Jones will give the caregiver speech directly after, and survivors will conduct another lap around the track.
    The lighting of the Luminaries is scheduled for 9 p.m.
    Last year, because of a “torrential downpour,” the luminaries ceremony was canceled, but Shamion and Holm note that those bags will be added to this year’s ceremony.
    The organizers said the goal for 2018 is $50,000. The funds raised come from donations from businesses, individuals, team efforts at the Relay as well as several fundraisers that the local group has conducted prior to the event.
    Shamion and Holm said a ‘walk in the park’ seemed an appropriate theme for the Relay … “to walk for the health of it, in memory of, or thankful to our survivors and because it’s good for you.”
    There are several ways to help Relay for Life organizers fight back against cancer by starting one’s own Relay team or by supporting Team Shamco.
    American Cancer Society Relay for Life webpage, Relay for Life search page, will provide browsers with opportunities to sign up for an event (search for Iron River MI) or to support a team; or by mailing in a donation, with the check made out to the Iron County Relay to Shamco Inc. at P.O. Box 436, Iron River, MI 49935.
    “Since we have all been touched by cancer in one way or another, we are hoping that your involvement will go further than donating money to our Relay,” Shamion said. “We would love for you to form a team, recruit team members and join us at Nelson Field to join us in the fight against cancer.”