Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

June 19, 2013

Relay for Life Friday in Olive Hill


June 19, 2013 —       The 18th annual Relay For Life of Carter County is scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday, June 21,  to 7 a.m., Saturday, June 22, at the Carter County Shrine Club Horse Show Park in Olive Hill.

      This year’s event is promising to be a great time for the whole family, according to Christy Bowling, chair of Relay for Life.

      Activities begin with the Survivor Lap. Bowling said there are many survivors that have pre-registered for the event but it isn’t too late to register, because they will have registration set up at the event.

     Caregivers, those individuals who have helped care, support and encourage a cancer survivor, will also be encouraged to join with the survivors during their lap, according to Bowling.

      The youngest Relayers will take the track following the Survivor and Caregivers Lap, for our annual “Kids’ Walk”.

      Carter County’s 37 Relay For Life teams, including more than 500 team members, will then be introduced and walk the Bo Fankell Memorial Team Lap.

“Our teams have been working hard this year to help us meet this year’s goal of $125,000 after expenses”, Bowling said.

      Other activities that will be taking place that evening will include inflatables for the kids as well as live music provided by Oak Grove’s Praise and Worship band, Harry and the Hoehandles, Emily Stephens, and Dark Kast.

       There will be several themed laps such as the Crazy Hat Lap in memory of Bill Wentz, a sun glasses lap, and very early morning a bad hair lap.

      “Relay For Life brings communities together in hope, celebration and memory. It is a unique event that offers everyone in the area an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer,” Bowling said. “The overnight event honors those who have survived cancer, remembers those who have lost the fight, and gives everyone a way they can fight back against cancer.”

      Carter County will join more than 5,100 other communities across the world this year in hosting a Relay For Life event.

      The public is invited to attend and be a part of this event that gives everyone an opportunity to fight back against cancer

      This year’s teams made and /or decorated wall hangings that will be sold in a live auction after the Team Lap Friday night.


      One of the most touching activities of the evening is the Luminaria Ceremony, which will be held at dusk.  Tammy Nischan will be our speaker this year. “

     “Luminarias, decorated with the names of those remembered and those honored, are lit and left glowing throughout the night to remind everyone of the importance of their contributions.”

     The luminarias have a recommended contribution of $10 each, with a minimum donation of $5, and may be purchased the night of Relay, with all funds going to Relay.

      Bowling explains, “This will be our second year we have added a celebration where sky lanterns (small hot air balloons) will be released during the luminaria ceremony.

      These sky lanterns have a recommended donation of $25 and can be purchased at the Relay event or reserved ahead of time by emailing or calling Linda Arnett at or 606-255-0573.


      In the morning at 6 a.m. a fight back ceremony will be held for everyone to pledge to fight back against cancer. This night is all about fighting back.

      For more information about the Carter County event, call Christy Bowling at 606-922-7739.