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Colors Run For A Cure

By Staff | Jun 3, 2014
Macy's presented a colorful box of crayons to represent the various colors of cancer at the Relay for Life event in Hughesville.
PHOTO BY BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Alexis Parker and Cortney Peasley, two Hughesville High School cheerleaders, walk on Saturday afternoon at the high school's track field for Tri-Town's 15th Annual Relay for Life event.
Photo By BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Eight selections were entered for "Mascots for Colors of Cancer", a contest that was held at the Relay for Life event in Hughesville. First place went to the Muncy cheerleaders with their pink owl with breast cancer statistics. Second place went to Reubins Rubies, a family team using the color periwinkle, and Weis Family Markets in Lewisburg placed third with their pink flamingo. Everything had to be made from a gallon milk jar and judges voted for the one with the most information for cancer awareness. Judges were Donna Smith, Chris Warner and Pat Grell. "It was hard to decide. They were very creative and lots of work was put into them," replied Smith. This was just one of the many activities scheduled for the day.
RUTH FRY/The Luminary Nolan Ford, son of Amy Breneisen Ford, gets his face painted by a Hughesville High School cheerleader at Relay for Life this past Saturday.

HUGHESVILLE – Money raised for cancer is now color coordinated for all the types of cancer in over 40 different colors of the rainbow. This year’s theme at Hughesville’s 15th Annual Relay for Life Tri-Town event was “Colors for a Cure” according to co-chairs, Chris Warner and Bobbi Charles.

Teams wore the different colors for their loved ones and marched with pride throughout the two day event. “We really rally the teams and get them all excited and pumped up so they can help us continue in our fight to cure cancer,” announced the chairs after the kick-off party last November when they first introduced the theme. Each month the chairs met with team captains and team members to discuss new ideas and to get more involvement from the community. “The teams did a lot to raise the money,” said Warner. “They are always busy motivating others, supplying the food, and decorating the sites here at the Relay.”

Opening ceremony was held Friday night followed by a victory lap which is always very inspiring to the fight against cancer. Held at dusk he Luminaria ceremony reflected personal stories of those lost to cancer and to find hope for a cure.

Relay for Life is more than just fundraising; it is a 24 hour community event according to the organizers. People come together to celebrate life and remember those who were lost in the battle against cancer. It began in May 1985 in Tacoma, Washington by a marathon runner and a colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt when he ran the track for 24 hours at Puget Sound.

Now friends and family gather all over the world in 18 countries to fight this battle and each event starts with a survivor’s lap.