The 2018 Greencastle Relay for Life will be packed with events in keeping with the theme "May the Cure Be With You."
The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser will run from 4 p.m. Friday, May 18, to noon Saturday, May 19, on Kaley Field at Greencastle-Antrim High School.
Kim Muller and Megan Barkdoll are Greencastle-Antrim Middle School wellness teachers and long-time Relay participants. They are in their first year as co-captains.
Last year’s event had more than 500 participants and raised over $170,000. So far this year, 43 teams are registered and the goal is $165,000.
Walkers and spectators are welcome to join the Relay at any time and there will be a number of fundraisers throughout the event, including the popular Basket Alley and luminaria sales.
The Miss Relay contest has being amped up this year and men dressed as women will be looking for donations to put in their purses for the pageant at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In keeping with theme, there will be a "Star Wars" campsite decorating contest and trivia. The Midnight Movie is "Star Wars IV — Empire Strikes Back." The Kids Zone will open at 8 a.m. Saturday followed by light saber tag at 10 a.m.
Muller was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. The cancer metastasized in 2012 and she is now a six-year survivor of stage 4 breast cancer.
She reached out to a fellow health and physical education teacher and breast cancer survivor to speak at the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday.
"Kim Muller is my hero, I can't say 'no' to her," said Jenny Lauthers, who works in the Fannett-Metal School District and also coaches in the Tuscarora School District.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer "out of blue" just a year after Muller.
Lauthers, then 40, had just received a letter saying her mammogram was OK when she discovered bloody discharge in October 2003 and soon underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Her message is "know your body. If something doesn't look right or feel right, check it out.
"Be educated in what to look for," said Lauthers, stressing the importance of self-examination.
Her brother, Jack Hawbaker, will sing the National Anthem.
Other highlights Friday night include the survivor reception at 6:30 p.m., the Russ Clever patriotic lap at 7:45 p.m. and the caregiver lap at 8:45 p.m.
The luminaria ceremony begins at 9 p.m. and will feature a time for personal reflection with Pastor James Hughes and speaker June Hann.
There will be activities throughout the night followed by a sunrise lap at 7 a.m. Saturday, when highlights also include the Fight Back Ceremony at 9 a.m. and the closing ceremonies with team recognition and awards at 11:50 a.m.
For more information, contact Muller at firstname.lastname@example.org, Barkdoll at email@example.com or Connie Woodruff, community development manager with the American Cancer Society, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.relayforlife.org/pagreencastle.