Tri County Relay For Life Committee members are looking for cancer survivors to honor at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at special survivors dinner, at Shannon Oaks Church, 1113 East Shannon Road.
“This is for survivors and their caregivers,” said Tri County RFL Committee Chair Gina Giguere.
Cancer survivors will have the opportunity to fellowship with others who have battled or are also battling cancer. Regardless the length — whether one day, one month, a year, 10 years or more — the survivors’ battles are celebrated and support offered over a free event meal dinner.
“The featured speaker of the night is Sandy Reed of Sulphur Springs, mother of Micah Reed who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 12. She will share her testimony publicly for the first time on her son’s Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia diagnosis and the courageous battle that he fought,” Giguere said.
The evening will also feature live musical entertainment by Sydnee Hawkins of Sulphur Springs and a special appearance from Beauty and the Beast. A photo area will be set up for pictures taken with them. There will also be games and giveaways.
“The Aguilar Family in Sulphur Springs has donated, and will prepare and serve the food for this event,” Giguere said.
This free meal is open to all cancer survivors and caregivers in Hopkins, Franklin and Wood counties.
At the April 6 dinner, cancer survivors will also have an opportunity to register for this year’s Relay for Life, and will receive a purple survivor’s shirt to wear at Relay For Life.
For more information on the Survivor and Caregiver Dinner, call or text Gina Giguere at 903-573-2064.
The 2019 RFL will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10 with the opening ceremony, and cancer survivors and caregivers opening laps around the walking path at 7 p.m. RFL will continue until 2 a.m. Saturday, May 11, on Celebration Plaza. This year’s theme is “Wish Upon A Cure,” which is all things Disney, according Giguere.
RFL is the premier fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. As of this week, 55 participants on 17 teams had raised $18,322.70. RFL Tri-Counties’ goal is to raise $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.
To register as an individual or team for RFL, go online to relayforlife.org/hfwtricotx, or call Johnna West at 903-335-2322 or Gina Giguere at 903-573-2064 for more information about team registration.