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Three communities are joining forces to fight the battle against cancer.
And they need all the help they can get.
The Stow-Munroe Falls-Hudson Relay For Life will be June 10 at Stow-Glen Retirement Village, 4285 Kent Road. Hudson's organization came onboard with Stow and Munroe Falls this year and this is the second year the event is at Stow-Glen.
According to Maria Martinez of the Relay, there are 24 teams so far for this year's event. The goal for this year is $80,000 and while teams and individuals have gotten a start by fundraising throughout the year, the public's support is paramount to Relay's success.
"We need the public to come to Relay," Martinez says. All of the events and speakers that day are open to everyone -- she stresses they are not just for Relay Team members.
Last year's Stow-Munroe Falls Relay raised more than $66,000, had 17 teams and 75 survivors and more than 190 participated.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. with the survivor's lap led by the 2017 Survivor Ambassador, Jeanette Ladner. If you have ever heard the words, "you have cancer," you are invited to participate in the survivor activities throughout the day. Stow-Glen is hosting a luncheon for survivors and caregivers.
There will be activities and entertainment throughout the 12-hour event. Many teams will have raffle items and concessions as fundraisers.
New this year is Tami Lewis from the American Cancer Society who will discuss two programs funded by money donated through Relays throughout the country. At 11 a.m., Lewis will focus on the Look Good, Feel Better program which offers skin, hair and makeup assistance to those in treatment. At 2 p.m., she will speak about the Road to Recovery program, which pairs local volunteers with those needing a ride to treatment. Those talks are open to everyone.
Stylists from Gavin Scott Salon will return to Relay between 11 a.m. and noon to cut hair to be donated to Locks of Love. Anyone who would like to donate their hair is welcome and you don't have to be a Relay team member to donate. Hair must be at least 10 inches long. Gavin Scott professionals will cut the hair at Relay and you will receive a card to come in to the salon located at 4960 Darrow Road in Stow to finish styling your hair after scheduling your appointment. Locks of Love donates cranial prostheses to children ages 21 and younger who suffer from hair loss due to a variety of causes, including burns and cancer treatments at no charge. There is never a charge to cut hair that is being donated.
Martinez says one fun event will be a Makeover Madness, consisting of two people from a team participating. What makes it madness is that one will get a makeover -- from the other person who is blindfolded.
An event for all ages to enjoy is the Stow Fire Department's annual Duck Drop at 6 p.m. Using the aerial truck, firefighters will dump out the "ducks" and the one that lands closest to the bullseye is the winner.
Ducks can be purchased prior to the event and the winner will get one-half of the proceeds.
Raffle basket winners will be drawn at 6:30 p.m. and winners do not have to be present. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the event by many of the teams.
Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the Relay will have a ceremony to honor survivors and caregivers. This will be followed at 9 p.m. with the luminaria ceremony. During the luminaria ceremony, candles will be lit around the walking track to honor caregivers and those who have battled cancer at any time and to remember those lost to the disease. The final lap of Relay will take place at 10 p.m.
Parking will be in the grassy area when entering Stow-Glen.
Signs will be posted to direct traffic. Parking is also available in the visitors parking areas but attendees are asked not to park in residential parking.
For more information, visit the website at www.relayforlife.org/stowhudson and follow them on Facebook.