By Tia Lynn Lecorchick (managing editor)
Organizers for the Morgan County Relay for Life holding a free informational session to kick-off this year’s annual fundraiser at the First United Methodist Church in Madison on Tuesday, January 27 at 6 p.m.
“We are kicking off the Relay Season. There will be entertainment, speakers and a raffle. We want to get people there who have questions about Relay for Life. We really want everybody to come to learn how to be our partner in this, to find out how they can get involved and make a difference,” said Beth Bradley, event chair for the Morgan County Relay for Life.
The Morgan County Relay for Life is aiming to raise $55,000 through a series of fundraisers in coming months that will culminate with the “Festival For Life,” a downtown carnival-style event in Town Park on Saturday, April 11. “This be a very family-friendly festival with life music, food, face-painting, and games for all to enjoy,” said Bradley. “We will still walk laps and honor cancer survivors later on in the evening.”
Between the kick-off and the grand finale festival, the schools will be holding various fundraisers for Relay for Life and a special Bark for Life event will be held on Saturday, March 28, where survivors and their caretaking dogs will be recognized and celebrated.
“Dogs are great caretakers and we want to recognized that,” said Bradley. The Morgan County Humane Society is helping coordinate Bark for Life, which will be a BBQ-style event at the pavilion at Heritage Park. “Almost everyone nowadays knows someone who is affected by cancer,’ said Bradley.
Bradley is also a cancer survivor who now devotes much of her time to helping others through Relay for Life and public speaking. “I am a walking miracle,” said Bradley. “I ignored the signs my body was giving me and I ended up being diagnosed with stage four cancer. I don’t want anybody else to ever have to go through that.”
“Believe me, you don’t want to go through what I went through. Take the time to get yourself checked regularly. Make the time because you are playing with danger if you don’t,’ added Bradley.