New this year to Adams County Relay for Life is a pampering and local resource area in the Hastings High School north gymnasium.
Relay for Life will take place 6-10 p.m., Friday at the Hastings High Track — inside the high school in the event of inclement weather.
The pampering and local resource area will be available 6-8 p.m. and include representatives from local skin care and health care businesses.
“Anybody can come through and talk to any of the providers, but obviously it’s more geared towards changes in the skin that happens from chemotherapy and whatnot that they can talk to these people about the different changes that happen, supplements that can help during treatments or strengthen your body,” event lead Shawna Crawford said.
She said so far nearly 20 teams have been organized for Relay for Life. The event typically sees 300 to 350 participants who just come out to be part of the evening.
This is the 24th year of Relay for Life in Adams County.
“I really think that says a lot — that the community does feel this is an important event,” Crawford said. “We have a very good cancer center in this community and the hospital is very supportive of this event. So I just think (the public knows) it’s important. Relay for Life creates research grants that will hopefully end cancer.”
Funds raised in conjunction with Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society, which uses the funds for research grants.
Relay for Life funds also help pay for stays at the Hope Lodge in Omaha, which opened in early 2018 and houses cancer patients going through treatment.
Food trucks will be available at Relay for Life.
There also will be a silent auction.
“We’ve got a good selection of items for people to bid on as a fundraiser,” Crawford said.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m., with the opening ceremony and survivors’ lap.
A costume contest will take place 7-8 p.m. The theme this year is Dr. Seuss with the motto “I don’t like cancer here or there. I don’t like cancer anywhere.”
Whoever raises the most money during that hour will be the winner.
The Hastings Family YMCA is providing activities throughout the evening, mostly for children, in the infield of the track.
There will also be a bounce house and interactive light display on hand.
The Hastings Public Schools summer band will be playing and YWCA School of Dance students will perform.
“We’ve got a pretty full night of activities,” Crawford said.