By Dan Burchfield
For the WPT
The Webster County Relay for Life is set for this Friday, April 26,
beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting till 1 a.m. As in years past, this
event is being hosted by North Mississippi Health Services and will
be held on and around the hospital walking track.
With more than 3 million volunteers across the country, Webster
County is holdings its fifth annual celebration to help fight cancer
and save lives. If you have not already reserved your luminarias,
please do so as quickly as possible. Luminaria bags with the names of
those who are being honored as cancer survivors or honoring the
memory of a loved one lost to cancer will line the walking track the
night of the event. A candle in each bag will be lit before the
special Luminaria Celebration.
The master of ceremonies for the night will be Jonathan Holmes. The
invocation will be by the Rev. Wade Stevens. Tracy Palmer and Jo
Faulkenbery will provide the music during the honoring ceremony.
Cancer survivor Beth Duncan will speak to those gathered about
surviving pancreatic cancer. Each survivor’s name and those being
memorialized will be read by Holmes and Bill Reed with a single bell
toll provided by Jacqueline Meek and Corey Murphy.
Keeping with tradition, this night will be one of family and friends
remembering, visiting and having fun. There will be lots of food and
games for the whole family, and music will be provided by many
different local singers, songwriters and musicians on stage
throughout the night. Remember to bring your lawn chairs.
Webster County cancer survivors are invited to be special guests of
Relay for Life. You will be honored with refreshments at 6 p.m.,
receive a survivor T-shirt and begin the event with the first walk
around the walking track.
Dan Burchfield is a Relay for Life volunteer.