The Brown County Relay for Life is coming up this Friday night/Saturday morning at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
This event, held since 1996, has raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society's education and research programs.
We have written before about what an inspiring and surprisingly upbeat event this is. Cancer is a scary disease, but the Relay for Life reflects the courage of those fighting the disease, the celebration of those who have beaten it, along with the remembrance for those who have died.
The Relay for Life teams put a lot of effort and energy into creating booths that are educational and entertaining. The Relay is open to anyone. Events at the Relay include a pork supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a program at 7 p.m. This year the program will include a special butterfly release, organized by the Citizens Bank team. A number of monarch butterflies will be on sale for $10, and they will be released in what should be a special flight of these beautiful insects, whose numbers have been dwindling.
The centerpiece of the event, of course, are the luminaria, the candles burning inside paper bags on which the names of cancer victims and survivors have been written. Througout the night the luminaria burn around the track at the fairgrounds, the names standing out as people walk around the track as reminders of how many friends and family are affected by this disease.
It is a wonderful event, and we hope people will take a little time Friday to check it out.