Relay for Life

Missouri resident Vicki Newport and Olathe resident Eli Hedrick were two of many participants who took time to read the names of the luminaries lining the track in Osawatomie during the 2018 Miami County Relay for Life.

The Miami County Relay for Life will get underway at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, with the opening ceremony. This year's event will take place in the Paola Middle School gymnasium at 405 N. Hospital Drive in Paola. 

The Survivor Celebration Dinner will take place in the middle school's commons area from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and honors everyone who's been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year's relay season, according to the Relay for Life website.

Survivor/Caregiver walk will follow the opening ceremony. The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 p.m. The memory lap will follow.

The closing ceremony will take place from 9:30 to 9:45 p.m.

Relay for Life's Bank Day on Sunday, June 2, brought in over $3,000, which puts the current total raised at $13,847.92.

The Relay Committee also spent the day putting together survivor gifts and team captain packets, planning the ceremonies, entering donations into the online portal, decorating purchased luminaria bags, and completing other various tasks that have to be done before the big day Friday, June 7.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or

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