Although Relay For Life has become a staple in Jefferson County, raising money to find a cure for cancer, the Relay on June 17, 2017 will see a number of major changes, which have not been seen before in the county.
Krystal Schroeder, who is organizing Relay For Life this year, explained that the biggest change is the location, noting the move to the Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairbury. She hopes that the change in location will help Relay to be more visible and to attract more people.
“Having it out at the fairgrounds the last couple years, we were out of town, out of sight, out of mind,” said Schroeder. “We’re trying to bring the awareness back so that people still know that it’s here and that we are still going strong in the 12th year in Jefferson County.”
Schroeder advises that the square will be blocked off by the City of Fairbury beginning at 12 p.m. Schroeder invites people to what Relay For Life has to offer, by participating in the 2017 Relay.
Another large change for the event is that it will no longer run until midnight; instead it will end at 10 p.m., following a luminaria ceremony to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer, to recognize survivors and to encourage those who are still battling cancer to keep fighting.
“We’re trying to keep up with the changes,” Schroeder said. “We’re going to keep the event short and sweet from 5 to 10 p.m. We’re trying to put an end to cancer. We want people to continue living and to be able to be here longer with their families. This event has a major impact, especially the survivors walk at 5 p.m., and the luminaria ceremony. Honoring those survivors just helps people see why we do what we do.”
Some of the other events that will take place at Relay For Life 2017 include a 2K/5K Fun Run at 6 p.m., a silent auction, as well as a live auction.