Relay for Life Ozaukee Lakeside, an event that has been around for 25 years, is making its biggest splash yet in Ozaukee County on Saturday.
"We went over the top this year," said John Hemming, co-chairperson for this event. "It’s going to be a lot of fun."
Hemming said he expects about 4,000 people to be in attendance at the event, a much larger turnout than the previous years. This year, participants from Port, Saukville, Cedarburg, Grafton, Mequon and Theinsville will all be joining in the Relay, which runs from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. It will be charitably hosted by the .
Relay for Life is a unique fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society. Participants form teams, raise money and camp out overnight at the event site. A Relay typically lasts 18 to 24 hours. At least one person from each team should remain walking around the relay course at any given time.
In addition to a fight against cancer, the event is also a celebration of survivors and fighters. Team members and spectators can participate in a variety of fun activities. There will be food, live bands, contests, games, tournaments, silent auctions and much more. All ages are welcome to join in the fun, and you don’t have to be participating in the Relay to attend.
This year will also have some surprise big-ticket raffle items.
It isn’t too late to form a team. If interested, this year’s Relay is accepting teams — even on the day of the fundraiser, although they wont get a T-shirt. Contact Hemming for more information.
Need a screening?
The Columbia/St. Mary’s pink mammography bus will be at the Relay conducting mammography screenings. These screening are covered by insurance. For those without insurance, there will be other options to explore. The screenings are done by appointment, and there are limited spaces. To reserve a screening, call Columbia/St. Mary’s central scheduling at 414-326-1800.