Superheroes to unite for annual Relay for Life


JASPER — Superheroes of every shape and size will fill the Jasper Middle School gym Saturday for Dubois County’s annual Relay for Life.

Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society and its efforts to cure cancer and take care of patients. This year’s Dubois County event is themed “Not All Superheroes Wear Capes,” and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero.

“We think we’ll have a lot of fun with it,” said chairperson Cori Wilson.

The day will feature special laps for survivors, caregivers and everyday heroes. The everyday heroes lap is new this year and will honor people who dedicate their lives to service of others such as police officers, firefighters, teachers, doctors and nurses. Other activities throughout the day include bingo, tie-dying and shark wrestling. In the shark wrestling, participants wear blindfolds and take on inflatable pool sharks. To beat the shark, you must deflate it.

“It’s fun every year,” Wilson said. “We have people that come just to do that.”

The Dubois County Relay for Life committee hopes to raise $75,000 this year — last year’s goal was $70,000 — and so far, teams have raised $30,000, according to the event’s website. All the money raised stays in Dubois County to help local cancer patients and families through a plethora of programs such as Look Good Feel Better, which teaches women how to do their makeup if their pigments change or they lose their eyebrows. Local American Cancer Society volunteers also staff Road to Recovery which transports patients to and from treatment if they don’t have a ride, and Hope Lodges, which helps caregivers pay for hotels in other cities if patients have to leave the area for treatment.

“Your whole family can stay together during treatment,” Wilson said.

The first Relay for Life event was held in 1985 when doctor Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, the event has grown to include more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States and additional events in 19 other countries. Dubois County began hosting Relay for Life in 1994, and this year will be the 23rd event. Wilson has been involved for 14 years as a team captain, committee person and committee chair. She got involved because she saw the devastation cancer can do to people around her and wanted to give back. Her favorite part is seeing how the community rallies each year for the event.

“It’s just really nice to see the community come together and support each other,” she said.


Relay for Life Schedule

Noon  Opening Ceremony, Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap and Team Lap
1:30 p.m.  Superhero dress-up lap
2 p.m.  My Superhero Is... Announce to the Relay nation who your superhero is
3 p.m. Flamingo Toss
4 p.m.  Shark Wrestling
5 p.m.  Power in Purple Lap
6 p.m.  Everyday Heroes Lap featuring police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, teachers, everyone
6:30 p.m.  Dirty Trixx Band
7 p.m.  Bingo
8 p.m. Tie-dye shirts
9 p.m.  Luminaria Ceremony
10:30 p.m.  Frozen T-shirts
11 p.m.  Scavenger Hunt
11:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
All Day  Silent Auction, Picture That Photo Booth and Great Times DJ service

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