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Marion County Relay For Life


Food, fun, celebrations, remembering — these will all be a part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County, presented by Mid Am Building Supply, coming up on Saturday, October 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Salem. This year’s theme is the same as the National theme which is “Every Step Brings Hope.”

Food stands will be manned by several of the Relay For Life Teams, featuring nachos, cookies, pie jars, sweet treats and more, and this year several food trucks will be on hand including Thirsty Heifer, Southern Sno, Weenie Wagon and Rollin the Dough (pizza). Also, the popular cake walk will be back, so you can win some dessert, too. Come hungry! All the booths and the Survivor Reception will open at 4 p.m. Cancer survivors please RSVP to Beth Orrell at 618-292-3980 so adequate refreshments can be provided.

A variety of entertainment is being planned for all ages, including a performance by Southern Illinois Elite Tumble and Cheer and music by Joel Young. There will be fundraising raffles, a silent auction, cancer awareness and education booths, and more is still being planned.

The Marion County Relay For Life will be October 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., including the traditional Survivor Lap & Caregiver Lap. Luminaria Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. This year $22,181 has already been turned in toward the 2023 goal of $40,000.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a fundraising event and is open for everyone to attend. There is no admission and free parking. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening with friends, family, and people from throughout Marion County, many who have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Relay For Life is a smoke free, pet free, alcohol free event.

For more information, check out the website at www.relayforlife.org/marionil or follow their facebook pages at Salem Illinois Relay For Life and Relay For Life of Centralia. For more information, including how you can be involved as a participant, team, or sponsor please contact Stephanie Smith at stephanie.smith@cancer.org or at 312-585-8497.

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