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Langlade County's Relay for Life Event Set For Tonight

June 8, 2012

Rusty Mehlberg

Rusty Mehlberg

This evening and overnight Langlade County residents will be taking part in their annual efforts to recognize those who have survived and died from cancer and raise funds to help find a cure. The Langlade County Relay for Life will take place at Listle Field, next to the Antigo High School, with activities starting at 6 p.m.

Kathy Orlet, once again this year's event chairperson, stopped by the WATK-AM 900 Arby's Breakfast Club program a few times over the past weeks to talk about what is new this year.

One of the new recognitions taking place this year is to caregivers, those who take the time and efforts to help those who are suffering from cancer. Orlet said there are several ways they are doing this, including some home-made cards that area residents have made. "They're making up thank you notes that we can have put up in different places at Relay so that the cancer survivors can sign them. And we will have a special cake being made for the caregivers. We're having a special walk for them. The survivors, of course, will go first for the opening walk, and that will be followed by caregivers."

Orlet also said they have made a slight change to the visual way they will be remembering those who have suffered from cancer. "Instead of just having someone up there for the whole hour, what we're gonna do is we're rotating it through. So actually it's going to be up there, the name and the picture, will be up there for fifteen minutes but it will be on a rotation. So actually you will get more than a hour out of the Hour of Hope, but this way it seems like you will be seeing more and it will be more frequently."

Also new this year to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society will be a pig kissing contest. Over the past weeks people have had the chance to choose who from six well-known community figures will have to kiss a pig. The person who had the most money raised in their name will kiss the pig this evening.

For the most part, the Relay for Life event will have many of the same activities taking place. This includes the opening ceremonies with the survivors lap at 6 p.m., theme laps throughout the overnight hours, the Dude Looks like a Lady competition, the luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. and live music.

Organizers are hoping for good weather since unfavorable conditions has forced the event inside the Antigo High School the past two years.

WACD and WATK will be taking part in the event as well by providing live updates through the overnight hours from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

by Rusty Mehlberg

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