2019 Relay for Life will be held in Grayling City Park on Saturday
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
The bout is on for this weekend – Crawford and Oscoda Counties vs. cancer.
The Relay for Life for Crawford and Oscoda Counties will be held from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, in the Grayling City Park, 213 North James Street.
The theme for this year’s Relay for Life is “Made of Michigan” as cancer survivors, Relay team members, and volunteers come together to battle the disease.
“We’re just trying to get more community involvement and show how much we love our community,” said Ali Halfyard, the event leader for the Relay for Life for Crawford and Oscoda Counties. “It’s been working. It’s been pretty good so far.”
Relay for Life participants will walk in the city park. Laps are tied to the theme, such as a Troll Lap, and a Detroit Muscle lap, as T-shirts representing the Big Three Automakers or classic cars will be worn. A sportsmen lap will encourage people to wear hunters orange and camo outfits. And participants will do a lap wearing apparel representing their favorite Michigan teams.
A cancer survivor’s luncheon will be served at 2 p.m. At the same time a closed bid auction starts inside the Grayling Nature Center.
A euchre tournament, which will be played from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is a new activity being held to raise funds for Relay for Life.
Grayling Middle School Principal Tim Sanchez and teacher Stan Forrester have agreed to be participants in the dunk tank.
“They’re big fans of Relay for Life and what we do,” Halfyard said.
Diane Denoyer, from the Grand Traverse Relay for Life, who is known as northern Michigan’s Voice of Hope, will give an inspirational speech at 1:15 p.m.
“She’s comes from the Grand Traverse Relay for Life,” Halfyard said. “This will be the first time we’ve had her speak over here. I’ve heard she’s very good and gets the crowd very motivated.”
Heather Hutton will also serve as guest speaker at 2:10 p.m. regarding the fly-fishing program offered to women cancer survivors at the Gates AuSable Lodge.
Aerobic drumming from the Crawford County Commission on Aging will take place from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A Just for Fun Lip Sync contest will be held starting at 8 p.m.
“There are no prizes; it’s just get up there and lip sync,” Halfyard said.
A Luminaria ceremony will be held at 9:30 p.m. followed by a silent lap.
A closing ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. followed by awards, a celebration, and a glow lap.
Relay for Life for Crawford and Oscoda Counties has raised $15,000 toward its fundraising goal of $25,000.
“That’s only with a handful of sponsors,” Halfyard said.
Halfyard hopes to have a strong showing of support for cancer survivors, to recognize the local resources made available to cancer patients, and to update people on cancer research.
“I hope we get a good turnout and meet our goal and to just have a good time with it again and get more community involvement with it,” she said.
Halfyard has a grandpa who battled skin cancer, a cousin who died from cancer, and three aunts who have been treated for breast cancers.
“I want to show who’s the boss,” Halfyard said, regarding taking a stand against the disease. “It just seems like everyone you know, you hear of cancer everywhere and we want to attack it from every angle and try to get rid of it.”
Halfyard brings another unique perspective to Relay for Life because she cleans the emergency room at Munson Health Care Grayling Hospital.
“It just seems like every day I work, you find someone with cancer and it’s hard,” she said.
If anyone would like to be a dunk tank participant or would like to make a donation to Relay For Life, contact Halfyard at (989) 390-6698 or at email@example.com.
Schedule of Events for 2019 Relay For Life
Noon - Registration opens
Survivor Pampering noon to 2 p.m. under the big canopy tent
1 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Prayer, National Anthem, Introduction of Teams
1:15 p.m. - Inspirational Guest Speaker Diane Denoyer, northern Michigan’s Voice of Hope, then Survivor/Caregiver Lap to Follow
1:45 p.m. - Favorite Michigan team Lap
2 p.m. - Survivor/Caregiver Luncheon Begins, Closed Bid Auction Starts inside Nature Center
2:15 p.m. Guest Speaker, Heather Hutton-Gates Lodge
2:45 p.m. - Troll Lap (Limbo Lap)
3 p.m. - Favorite Pure Michigan Season Lap, Kat from Radio 100.3 on site 3 p.m. 5 p.m.
3 to 3: 30 p.m. - Stan Forrester, Grayling Middle School Teacher, Dunk Tank Contender
3:30 p.m. - Pie Eating Contest then Poker Lap to follow
3:30 to 4 p.m. - Tim Sanchez Grayling Middle School Principal, Dunk Tank Contender
4 p.m. - Aerobic Drumming Performs, then MI Pothole/Road Construction Lap
Euchre Tournament Starts - 4 p.m. 6 p.m under the big canopy tent
Kat 4:30 to 5 p.m. - Dunk Tank Contender
5 p.m. - Frozen T-shirt Contest, Retro Relay shirt/Relay Love Lap to Follow
5:30 p.m. - Yooper/U.P. Lover Lap 5:45 p.m - Closed Bid Auction Winners Announced, then Detroit Muscle Lap, favorite Big 3/muscle car T-shirt
6:30 p.m. - Fight Back/ACS CAN Ceremony, Purple Lap to Follow
7:30 p.m. - Bubble Lap
7:45 p.m. - Ice Cream Social begins under the big canopy tent - runs until 9 p.m.
8 p.m. - 50/50 Winner Announced followed by Make Some Noise Lap
8:30 p.m. - Just for Fun Lip Sync
9 p.m. - Sportsmen Lap, hunters orange/camo
9:30 p.m. - Luminaria Ceremony Silent Lap to Follow
10 p.m. - Closing Ceremony, Awards, Celebration/Glow Lap to Follow