“Even some of the schools get in on it, by raising money for Jean Day, where you pay $1 to wear blue jeans, or selling pencils for 25 cents each.”
The funds will go primarily toward several programs offered by the American Cancer Society — Reach to Recovery, where breast cancer survivor volunteers conduct face-to-face or phone visits and offer support to those dealing with cancer; Road to Recovery, a program that provides transportation to and from treatment for people who don’t have a ride or are unable to drive themselves; Hope Lodge, a getaway that offered a free, temporary place to stay when treatment is in another city; the Look Good, Feel Better program, which helps improve self esteem and quality of life for cancer patients through complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty session, and college scholarships.
The Parker County committee is also looking for ways to honor survivors throughout the day. Currently, a survivor dinner is scheduled for the evening, as well as a survivor/caregiver lap around 6 p.m. After sunset, a luminaria, complete with bags lit up with candles, will be lit around the track. Bags are available for purchase for $10, and can be bought in honor of or in memory of cancer victims. In addition, the committee is hoping to add a slideshow to accompany the luminaria.
A mission lap will also take place, where participants pass on a flag while revealing a goal or mission for themselves.
“The ultimate goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society. That’s where the money goes,” Perkins said.
To sign up, donate or participate on the committee, visit the event website at www.relayforlife.org/weatherfordtx.