Relay for Life this Friday, looks very different

Published: Jul. 12, 2020 at 6:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Many annual events have been cancelled or modified in the Tri-Cities to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The American Cancer Society will host their annual Relay for life event this Friday, but it will look a lot different. Instead of a walk, they decided to make it a drive-by event.

The event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stolley Park garden in Grand Island. The Hall County Relay for Life staff will place luminary bags with survivors’ names and people who have died. People can either drive around to see the bags, or they can get out of their cars to walk around. Around 8 p.m., the bags will be lit around the garden to honor those who have battled cancer.

At first Relay for Life was cancelled, until Hall County hit Phase 3.

“We’ve changed our plan three times, said Lisa Hessel, organizer of Relay for Life Hall County. “One point in time we had planned on doing it at the Pinnacle Bay Arena over at by Fonner Park, and then we thought about cancelling it. Now that we’re phase three, we decided to hold it at the park.”

Organizers had to get permission to host the event at Stolley Park. As long as the organization follows health guidelines, they can have it there.

“I contacted the parks and recreation department and had it approved by Todd, he’s the park superintendent,” said Hessel. “He agreed as long as people wear their masks, social distance and do the drive-thru thing, it was no big deal.”

Normally they have other activities for people to enjoy but have cancelled them to streamline the event for COVID-19. Although, organizers still hired a DJ to hype up the crowd.

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