Festival of Hope set for June 15

On Friday, June 15, the American Cancer Society Festival of Hope for Anderson County will kick off the 2018 event at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge at 6 p.m.

Area cancer survivors and their families or caregivers are invited to come as early as 5 p.m. to check in at the Survivor’s Tent which will be located near the picnic pavilion.

The Survivor Ceremony allows the public the opportunity to cheer on our area cancer survivors as they are recognized and then walk in the special Survivors Lap, a moving experience honoring those who have defeated cancer and encouraging those who are currently battling cancer.

Survivors will join together to walk the lap, unified in victory and hope.

This empowering celebration is just a small piece of the special experience at the Festival of Hope.

The teams participating in the 2018 Festival of Hope event will then take part in the Parade of Teams where teams will walk in their various themed shirts and costumes.

Festival of Hope and Relay For Life events are a unique grassroots fundraising event in which individuals and teams of participants in more than 6,100 communities nationwide come together to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost, and commit to fight back against the disease.

The money raised through these events supports the efforts of the American Cancer Society to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

All area cancer survivors are invited to participate in the survivor ceremony at the Anderson County Festival of Hope at Melton Lake Park.

Cancer survivors, their families and caregivers are invited to spend the evening enjoying the festivities of music, food, games, entertainment and an auction as we all come together as a community fighting against cancer.

There will also be the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. to honor cancer survivors and remember our loved ones who have lost their battle to cancer.

In order to receive a survivor t-shirt at the event, you must register at relayforlife.org/anderson.