Relay for Life set for Friday

A decorated luminary appears along Randolph during the 2018 Relay for Life in downtown Enid.

ENID, Okla. — The Power of Purple will be rocking downtown Enid 7-10 p.m. Friday on the courthouse lawn for the annual Relay for Life celebration.

Survivor registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Garfield County Relay for Life will have its 22nd evening event to celebrate, commemorate and raise money to continue to fight for a cancer cure. In the event of bad weather, the event will be at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Please watch the Garfield County Relay for Life Facebook page for the latest updates.

Relay for Life is a team effort that began in 1985 as a way to raise funds for American Cancer Society and brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer and raises awareness of the journey patients face as they fight the disease. The event features a live DJ and food booths. Luminarias decorated featuring the names of loves ones who have lost their battle with cancer, as well as survivors, are displayed on the walking path. The event is free to the public and family friendly.

Amanda Goodpasture, event chairwoman, first participated in Relay for Life growing up in her hometown of Whitehouse, Texas.

“I have been affected by cancer within my family, I lost my grandfather, and have a parent that is a survivor,” Goodpasture said. "This cause means so much to me."

"I always look forward honoring all the survivors every year. Seeing them all come to the event reminds each of us we 'relay,'" said Kyna Swanson, senior community development manager. "The luminaria ceremony is a special time to reflect on all of those that have battled this terrible disease. Cancer research has come a long way and with our continued fundraising we will continue to save more lives each year."

Local teams fundraising goes on all year. In March, a Mardi Gras dinner auction at Stride Bank Center was just one of the many successful events held by the group to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“We have all been affected by cancer in all of our families, and it is so important for people to volunteer on a team or a committee," said Lisa Bland-Selix, PR/social media chair/photographer. "Cancer treatments have improved, but people still succumb to the disease. Please consider forming a team or getting involved on the local level, we need you."

For more information on Relay for Life, go to relayforlife.org/garfieldcook, https://www.facebook.com/Garfield-County-Relay-for-Life-Enid-OK-680714591967431/ or email kyna.swanson@cancer.org.

Relay for Life started in May of 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of a 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to support American Cancer Society.

For more information on how to get involved, visit RelayforLife.org or call the 24-hr help line at (800) 227-2345.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.

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