From staff reports
North Jefferson News
Saturday is a big day in north Jefferson County for fighting cancer.
The annual North Jefferson Relay For Life is Saturday, noon to midnight, at the Gardendale Civic Center.
The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in its goal to raise funds for cancer research, and ultimately for a cancer cure.
The local event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Relay For Life in its history.
So far this year, the North Jefferson Relay has raised more than $26,000 and has had 35 teams sign up.
The theme for this year’s North Jefferson Relay is a birthday party, in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. There will be a full “kid zone” with pony rides, batting cages, fishing pond, a clown, story time, inflatables and art station.
Also on the schedule are a wing-eating contest,
auction, sports challenges and a dunking booth.
In addition, each team will have its own fundraiser, many of which include games or food for sale.
Entertainment is also a big part of the event.
The “fight back” entertainment is the Franklin Road band of Birmingham.
Other entertainment includes the Enon Baptist Church choir, Encore Dance, Back in Time, 3V2G, Love Fellowship Christian steppers, the Gardendale High School Rockettes and Color Guard, Dale Serrano Advanced Performance Team, Dancers Fighting Cancer, the Blended Hearts, DJ 350 and more.
A popular aspect of Relay For Life is the luminaria ceremony, where luminaries line the walking trail and honor cancer survivors as well as those who have died of cancer.
There is also a special ceremony to honor cancer survivors.
The public is invited to the May 18 event; there is no charge to attend.
To learn more, go to www.relayforlife/northjefferson.