The Livingston County Relay For Life is taking place Friday in Chillicothe. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Pounds speak with Livingston Relay For Life coach Jayne Meservey.

Jayne Meservey

Meservey said this year’s event will be very similar to those in the past. “We always open with the survivor lap at 6 p.m., and there is a silent auction at 7 p.m.” She said, “The big event in the evening is the Luminaria ceremony where we recognize our survivors and those that have passed from cancer. That is always the key event. Then at the end of the evening we do a fight back ceremony where we commit to doing things to prevent cancer.” There will be several other events in addition to the Relay. There will be a bouncy house and other activities for the children. Meservery said, “There is always more food than you can imagine.”

She added the organization needs to raise about $30,000. “We’re hoping just to stay above 30 (thousand). Giving in every facet is down. It is down from over five years ago even.” Meservey said, “You can ask anyone who runs a non-profit, giving is just down, but we’d like to keep that number over 30 so we can keep having this event. If the number goes below 30, we can’t guarantee we’ll always have this.”

Meservey said, “There are so many survivors that come to meet and celebrate making it through another year together. And there are so many families who come to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Please come see us at the event. If you can just come for a minute to grab a bite to eat or if you can come for the whole evening, it doesn’t matter we would love to have everyone there.”

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight at Simpson Park in Chillicothe.