LOCK HAVEN– The annual Clinton County Relay for Life will be held at Riverview Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. And everyone is invited to participate in the event that includes vendors, games, presentations, and a Tai Chi demonstration, speakers, music, Bark for Life, a segment focusing on childhood cancer fundraising, and much more.
A local motivational speaker will be one of the highlights of the event.
His name is Willard Barth, who grew up in Lock Haven and at the age of 8 got cancer and lost a leg. He became an athlete in the Keystone Central School District. After graduation, he developed a career as a national motivational speaker. Willard has agreed to donate his services for this event and will speak at 10:30 a.m. for the time being.
This year’s theme is movies. The Dems Kick Cancer team has chosen Alice in ‘Wonderland’ and many equally enticing and fun themes are expected to be chosen by the teams, according to Roxanne Embick, who is in charge of this year’s relay.
Another exciting event during the Relay is Bark for Life at 4pm, to honor and celebrate the lifelong contributions of dog caregivers to cancer patients.
This event empowers the community and their dog caretakers to take a stand against cancer.
“Our fur buddies are so important for recovery. They know when you need a pick-me-up and when to lay by your side when you’re feeling down. This is a great way to honor them and support the American Cancer Society,” said Embick.
The American Cancer Society’s Pediatric Cancer Initiative, Gold Together employers and individuals raise funds that directly support research, education, advocacy and services, as well as cancer prevention efforts that can reduce children’s risk of cancer later in life.
Cora’s Crew is the #GoldTogether Team for Relay for Life in Clinton County.
“Our family has been affected by childhood cancer. That’s why we’re Relay and why we’ve become a #GoldTogetherTeam,” said Elaine Strouse, Team Captain. “We want to honor childhood cancer survivors at the Relay For Life event.”
The Gold Together movement was founded by childhood brain cancer survivors and Relay For Life volunteer Cole Eicher, whose dream is to have a Gold Together team at every Relay for Life event. His vision is to raise awareness of childhood cancer, support families dealing with childhood cancer, and connect these families with lifelong resources through the American Cancer Society.
The Clinton County Relay for Life event is part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement, the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer. During Relay For Life events, participants celebrate those touched by cancer, remember the lost loved ones, and take action for life-saving change.
The money raised will help ACS fund and conduct groundbreaking research and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, including free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals and a 24/7 live helpline for answers and support . If this year’s Bark For Life event is a success, it will become an annual event at Relay For Life.
Learn more about Bark For Life and other ways to get involved in the Relay For Life movement by contacting Embick at 570-660-1907 or by visiting RelayForLife.org/PAClintonCounty.
Relay for Life Event Calendar
July 31, 2021
10:00 am — Opening Ceremony
10:15 a.m. — Survivor Lap
10:30 am – Speaker Willard Barth (provisional)
Musical selection “Clouds” – Jenn Meanor accompanied by keyboard
11:40 AM — Team Lap
Afternoon – Tai Chi Demonstration
13:00 — Haven Performing Arts Dance Team
2 p.m. — Giant Kickball Game
3 p.m. — Full Body Health and Fitness – Dance Fitness with Lori Hoy, coach/instructor
3:30pm — Lip Sync Battle, sign up before 2pm with DJ
4pm – Bark for Life Presentation on Pet Cancer, Pets as Caregivers by Dr. Ashley Munro of Oak Hollow Animal Hospital.
5 p.m. — Live music by Jason Brown and Joel Long.
6:00 pm – Relay parade of cool cars; bring a bag to catch some candy.
7 p.m. — Movie (TBD)
9 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony and Silent Lap in honor of or in memory of our loved one who battled cancer.
9:45 PM — Closing Ceremony
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