Knox County Relay for Life to focus on cancer survivors and caregivers

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Knox County’s Relay for Life event will be held at Mount Vernon High School’s football stadium on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. This year’s theme is “Pirates of the CURE-abbean: Making Cancer Walk the Plank.”

The event will be filled with activities for the whole family. Many of the teams raising funds through the event will have campsites located around the track that will be decorated and have activities according to the event’s pirate theme. There will also be food vendors, music, entertainment and hourly games and theme laps.

Additional activities include a survivor/caregiver dinner at 6 p.m. (must register in advance). Survivors do not have to register in advance for the dinner, but are encouraged to do so. They can register online at Opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., a live auction, a silent auction, local DJ David McCandlish as emcee and the memorial Luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m.

Local cancer survivor Tammy Lemley serves on this year’s Knox County Relay for Life leadership team, coordinating activities for survivors who will have their own tent featuring pampering services from 8-10 p.m., including massages, manicures, facials, make-up makeovers, consultants from the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program, nutrition consultants, and organic body lotions. Volunteers will be on hand from Knox Community Hospital’ Wellness Center, Knox County Career Center, Mary Kay, Avon and Lashley Training Center. There will also be drawings for products and services.

“This event is for everyone. You don’t have to be part of a team to come out and enjoy Relay for Life,” said Kim Franks, local event lead. “There will be lots for children to do, plus many ways for families to have fun while donating to the cause. Come out and listen to some music, enjoy some food, bid on auction items and walk a lap around the track with a friend.”

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 5,000 events worldwide in 2016. Last year, more than 450 people participated in the Relay For Life of Knox County and raised $269,000. Visit to learn more about the event, or contact Carrie Haver at 740-398-6603 or Sarah Thomas at

This year’s event sponsors include Ariel Corpration, CES Credit Union, Dr. Tara Himmer DDS, International Paper, Killbuck Savings Bank, Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon News, Radio U, Siemens and WNZR 90.9 FM.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.

For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit