One of Osceola County’s most community orientated summer events is soon to take place, and organizers are encouraging groups, clubs, churches, families, fraternities, organizations, and individuals to start planning - if you aren’t already doing so.

Over the years, the annual Relay For Life has developed into one of early summer’s most anticipated events.

Not only does it raise money for the American Cancer Society’s continuing funding of research into a cure for cancer, it also is a great community-wide time of fun and fellowship.

The Relay For Life isn’t about Evart or Reed City. The event isn’t focused on Marion or Tustin. It’s not just Hersey or Ashton.

The Relay is all about the entire Osceola community.

This year, the Relay will take place at the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds in Evart on Saturday, June 18. The 12-hour walk to raise funds for cancer research takes place from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Relay is the Cancer Society’s “signature event” designed to create community awareness, raise funds for the continuing fight against the scourge of cancer, recognize those who have beat the disease, and memorialize those who have lost the fight but stay firmly in hearts of those taking part.

Each year, the fairgrounds becomes a veritable beehive of activity. Teams create their own little corners with enthusiastic, and sometimes wild decoration, fund-raising activities, and great opportunities for visiting, having fun, and sharing a meal or two.

Organizers plan on 12-hours of music, themed periods of walking, (different laps with all involved wearing costumes or hats), and good times for all taking part.

On the docket this year are:

  • The Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • The Purple Power Lap at 11:30 a.m.
  • Relay Races at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Blow Cancer Away - Bubble Lap at 5 p.m.
  • The Red, White and Blue Lap at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Veterans Lap and flag raising ceremony

And more... and more... and more!

There’s still time to get a team involved in the fundraising.

Every penny helps.

Or ... just come out and show your support for those participating.

The fight goes on.

For more information, contact Mary Lynn Robertson at mlrobertson@cancer.org  or 231-645-5887.