Greencastle Relay for Life ready to step off Friday

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Relay for Life is back, with the 16th annual American Cancer Society fundraiser in Greencastle set for 4 p.m. Friday, May 14 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the Greencastle-Antrim High School Kaley Field.

This year 72 teams are registered to participate, the most ever, according to co-chair Pat Faust-Baker. And 15 of them are first-timers. She expects 1,000 people to attend.

The Relay goal is $190,000, which is dedicated to research, education and support services for people with cancer.

Wendy Scott is the featured speaker at the luminary service at 9 p.m. Friday. There may be 880 glowing candles circling the track for the evening ceremony.

“So many people have been touched by cancer and our relay has become a place where they can come to honor the survivors and remember their loved ones lost to the disease,” said Faust-Baker. “It can be a way for everyone to fight back against this disease. They also can be in the company of many, many people who have experienced the same thing they have, whether it be as a survivor, a caregiver or someone who wants to help fight the disease.”

She noted the 24-hour activity has become a community and family event.

“Once we get you there, you usually come back. It has something for everybody,” she concluded. 

Brand new

Two new events are on tap for the weekend. At 11 a.m. Saturday Josh Hummer, owner of Tactical Combat Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, will demonstrate self-defense as part of the Fight Back ceremony. He will be followed by the Praise Band from United Methodist Church of Mercersburg at noon.

Back by popular demand

Several activities have been crowd-pleasers and are back on the schedule. Schwan’s Ice Cream will be on the grounds Friday evening. The Franklin County Dairy Princess, Courtney Hykes, will make a giant ice cream sundae at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those who wish to rock instead of walk may do so in the community tent. Basket Alley will again feature donated baskets of goodies for raffles.

A haircutting salon will be set up Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect long hair for Wigs for Kids. Chair Pam Pfeffer said the non-profit charity provides children with a free wig, though the regular cost would be between $1,500 and $3,000. Waynesboro stylists Jennifer Peck from NuVogue, and Carla Avey and Denise Walls from Holiday Hair, will give free cuts to donors with ponytail-length hair. It should not be colored or permed. People may also bring in hair which was previously cut.

The  unique features of Relay for Life, honoring and remembering people with cancer, will open the 24-hour walk. The survivor/caregiver walk, followed by a reception, begins at 6 p.m. Friday.