GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County residents will once again gear up for Gallia’s Relay for Life in time for the next First Friday this Friday in Gallipolis City Park.
Inflatables will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. in the park for families to partake in and a movie will be shown in the park by Bossard Memorial Library. The survivor reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. with the Luminary Ceremony following at 8 p.m. and the closing ceremony at 10 p.m.
According to Gallia Relay for Life Committee Chair Karrie Davison, times had been reviewed over the course of previous years and a few changes were made to the most recent relay festivities. Inflatables and a movie will be available over music performances in hopes of making some more interactive activities for families. Messages to Heaven will make its return for families to write messages on balloons to float later.
Luminaries are still available to be dedicated to passed loved ones at around $10. Festivity partakers are also encouraged to bring canned foods to be donated to local food pantries.
Jon’s Ride for Life will also be featured that Saturday for those interested in bike riding in memory of those combating cancer. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. in City park. Those interested in signing up should be at the park at 7 a.m.
One of the relay’s teams is offering a fishing tournament as a fundraiser for the event and will be held at the Gallipolis riverfront Saturday as well. For more information, visit trailofdreams.com.
“It’s a family fun event,” said Davison. “It’s important because it’s raising money to fight cancer, which has touched everybody. You hate to say the word (cancer) in health care because of the initial fear it implies. It’s deafening. If we can keep raising funds and do new clinical trials and help the (American) Cancer Society do what they do, I hope one day that cancer won’t seem like a death sentence…That’s why it’s important. It has to be the entire community that helps take up this fight. We can’t do it alone and it can’t just be those of us that have been there year after year. We need it to be everyone to come out and show support. The big thing is that we also want to celebrate survivors that come out every year and caregivers and cheer them on with congratulations.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.