The organizers of Lebanon Relay for Life this year are hoping to encourage everyone involved by reminding them they are all heroes.
“Heroes of Hope” is the theme for the Relay this year, said event Chairwoman Becky Banks, because everyone is a hero, “whether a survivor, a caregiver, or a family member of someone who has gone through cancer, whether they survived it or not,” she said.
Many things about the relay will be different this year than in years past, Banks said. For starters, the event will be moved to June instead of May. That will allow for time after finals and graduation and other end-of-the-year activities. The relay will also be a Saturday overnight into Sunday, instead of Friday to Saturday.
“I went to a bunch of relays after ours last year to scope them out, see what was working well,” Banks said. “The ones that had theirs Saturday overnight into Sunday had what I considered a much better turnout. I think it’s going to turn out well.”
The Lebanon Relay for Life will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. The closing ceremony will be at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 22.
There is also a venue change this year, with the relay moving from the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds to Lebanon Memorial Park. Banks hopes the central location will bring out more people.
“It has a better track, and the area itself is bigger, so we can fit a lot more things into it,” she said. “Everybody is closer together.”
The space at the park will allow the survivor tent to be right in the action, instead of in a separate building as before. This way, they will feel like more a part of the event, Banks said.
The organizing team is working on some new fun things to do throughout the 24-hour event, like a Midnight Movie Madness, to keep people awake and involved. Last year some new Anything-Goes-type games were added and the team is figuring out how to fit those games in, possibly during the Fight Back Ceremony.