MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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May 10, 2012

‘Superheroes’ set to walk in Relay for Life on Friday

Hundreds of “superheroes” will walk to try to find a cure for cancer Friday when the Relay for Life holds its annual event.

“Relayers to the Rescue” is the theme for the event that runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Indian Bowl. The public is invited to attend and participate. Relay For Life brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for camaraderie, food, music and entertainment, and a night under the stars — all while team members take turns walking or running on a track, officials say.

Organizers set a goal of $42,000. The 16 teams that are participating already have raised more than $44,000.

For Relay for Life of Muskogee County co-chairwoman Jaime Stout, the event hits close to home. She said her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother are breast cancer survivors.

“And I’ve had numerous co-workers and friends affected (by cancer),” Stout said. “The whole community is invited out to participate. Everyone is more than welcome to come out for the night.”

Stout has participated in Relay for Life for four years.

“After that first year, I was hooked,” Stout said.

Relay For Life begins with a cancer survivors lap and dinner to celebrate life. Around 10 p.m., a luminaria ceremony honors those who are battling cancer and remembers those who have lost their fight.

“Our survivors really, really enjoy their opening walk, when they take their walk as a survivor,” co-chairwoman Melissa McLain said. “The whole reason we do this event is to honor them and support them and their caregivers.”

A silent auction, games and activities and inflatables also make up the event. The inflatables, for children, are $5 for all-night fun, Stout said.

Each team will have at least one member dressed up as a superhero. Those dressed up will have a competition, McLain said.

The event is being held earlier in the year and on a different day this year. Last year’s event was on a Saturday in June.

Stout said the changes were a result of a survey after last year’s event.

McLain has been involved in Relay for Life for four years.

“We have heard some amazing stories from survivors and caregivers sharing their battles,”  she said. “That’s probably one of my biggest things is hearing the struggles they’ve gone through and how things have changed through efforts of the American Cancer Society.”

Reach Mike Carrels at (918) 684-2922 or mcarrels@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Relay for Life.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Indian Bowl.

ETC.: A silent auction, games, inflatables courtesy of Show It Off and other events are planned during the Relay for Life, presented by Muskogee Regional Medical Center.

INFO: Jaime Stout, (918) 869-8930 or RelayForLife.org/muskogeecook.

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