Centralia Relay for Life Survivor Luncheon
By Tina Suarez
The Annual Centralia Relay for Life Survivor luncheon was held Saturday, April 13 at Calumet Street Christian Church. The Relay for Life planning committee decorated the church beautifully in a western theme. All that were in attendance were treated to a delicious meal provided by the Wild Bunch.
During the dinner, entertainment was provided by Barbara Kay. She is a former history teacher that still entertains many groups by portraying many historical figures. At the lunch, she gave a very informative portrayal of Clara Barton. This seemed fitting since Ms. Barton had been a nurse.
It is always so nice to be able to have all of the survivors get together and celebrate their lives and have time to socialize with each other.
The Relay for Life this year is going to be at Fairview Park on Friday, June 21 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
There is still time to be a part of this great event. How, you ask? You can come that evening and participate in the walk as well as stop by all of the vendors. You can become a vital member of the Relay for Life Committee. You can assist with the luminaria bags, or work with set up and clean up the day of the event. Others ways to help are to be a business sponsor, decorate a downtown pole in honor or memory of someone, or just do a cancer themed pole. People can help put up purple ribbons for “paint the town purple” and put up yard signs. And you can also make a monetary donation.
All of the event’s proceeds go to help local people with their cancer needs such as travel. Cancer patients can also stay at the Hope House in St. Louis during their treatments. Research efforts continue. We have come a long way and we need to continue with everyone’s help.
If you want to help in any way or to make a donation, you can contact event lead Tina Suarez at 247-3332 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or any other committee member.