Dr. Bernadette Ryan, Bassett Hospital’s chief of surgical oncology, will be guest speaker at the opening of the 13th annual Cooperstown/Northern Otsego Relay for Life at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Cancer survivors will then take the first ceremonial lap around the track, followed by the caregivers lap. At survivors dinner is planned at 6:30 for each survivor and a designated caregiver.
Teams will be selling food, beginning at 6.
At 7, a haircutting is planned to benefit Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which partners with the American Cancer Society to give real hair wigs to women fighting cancer (minimum 8-inch length required).
At 8 is the Fight Back Ceremony, an open mic event where people step up to the microphone and make a commitment to fight cancer by scheduling a first time mammogram, encouraging a friend to stop smoking, or the like.
At 8:15 is a tribute ceremony in memory of Cathy Hughes.
At 8:30, the Luminaria Ceremony: A celebration of survivorship and memories of loved ones lost to cancer.
From 5 to 7 a.m. Saturday, May 21, a Deluxe Continental Breakfast is planned, with donations to benefit relay.
The closing ceremony is at 7:30 a.m.