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The 21st annual Hancock County Relay for Life will feature a new schedule and new theme this year.

This year’s event, themed “Fighting Every Cancer Every Day,” will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, 365 W. Eighth St., in Garner.

In hopes of retaining cancer survivors and caregivers for more activities, the Relay Committee has decided to shift the event’s schedule.

The survivors’ meal, which was previously held at the Garner Education Center, will take place in the Rec Center and the community meal will take place outside.

After the meals, the relay will kick off with the opening ceremony, featuring the national anthem and speakers, before the survivors’ lap, caregivers’ lap and team lap.

The luminaries program and the lap of darkness will take place after the opening laps, instead of near the end of the event as in years past, followed by the balloon release outside.

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The remainder of the event will feature door prizes, games, entertainment and a silent auction. It will conclude with a ceremony around 10 p.m.

The Hancock County Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser for research and programs. Last year’s event raised $52,760.

The committee’s next meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center in Garner.

For more information about this year’s event, call Steve Lovik at 641-251-1082, Lois DeLeon at 641-843-3639 or Linda Webner at 641-923-2973 or 641-512-5406.

Photos: 2018 Hancock County Relay for Life

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