Relay For Life all set for July 19-20 at HRVHS

Relay For Life gives the new track at Hood River Valley High School its first real test July 19-20.

The annual fundraiser for American Cancer Society returns to Henderson Stadium at HRVHS starting at 9 a.m. July 19.

Strollers are permitted all 24 hours of Relay For Life. Wheelchairs may be used for the survivor lap only, according to Marilynn Shaw, Relay For Life Chairwoman.

Plywood boards will protect the track when participants use wagons, wheelbarrows and other conveyances to bring equipment for the day-long event. Teams set up tents and rest stations as gathering places during the Relay For Life. Shaw also said a “gator” cart will be provided to assist people in transporting equipment.

Hood River County School District had a new track surface installed in late June; currently bicycles, carts, strollers, and skateboards are prohibited, though co-principal Steve Fisk said strollers would be allowed for Relay For Life.

In the Relay, teams walk, jog or stroll around the track over the 24-hour period to raise money for American Cancer Society. Numerous entertainment and fundraising activities are scheduled, along with more solemn events to honor people who have died of cancer as well as survivors.

Relay for Life preliminaries start with “Bank Night” Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at Hood River Inn; teams are asked to bring money packets that night.

Teams can form for the Relay right up to registration at 10 a.m. on July 19 at HRVHS.

Opening ceremonies will be at 9 a.m. that day. Children’s activities ensue until noon, and the “Locks of Love” haircutting session (with clippings used for wigs for cancer survivors) takes place at noon.

At 12:30 p.m., Hood River Fire Department cooks barbecue, and at 1 p.m. West Side Fire Department provides a water slide until 5 p.m.

The Team Basket Silent Auction runs from 2-5 p.m.

The Victory Lap for survivors and families will be at 6 p.m.

Hood River News will publish a full schedule on July 16.

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