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Dublin Relay for Life

Chairwoman pledges action-packed 24 hours


Dublin Relay for Life Chairwoman Rachel Silsdorf has spent the past six months making sure there will never be a dull moment at this year's fundraiser.

The Dublin Relay for Life is slated for a noon to noon run June 22-23 at Scioto High School, 4000 Hard Road, and activities will keep participants up and going during the 24-hour American Cancer Society fundraiser.

"I'm really excited," Silsdorf said.

"I've spent my time making sure this year's Relay for Life will be action-packed," she said. "Cancer never sleeps and neither will we.

"Every half hour or so there's an activity."

Silsdorf has attended the Relay for Life before, but never volunteered before taking charge.

"I lost my husband to cancer 21/2 years ago," she said.

"I completed my master's (degree) at the end of December, so I've made this my full-time job since then. It's been a labor of love."

Activities planned for the cancer fundraiser include game shows with prizes and words with teams, a take on the popular game that lets teams earn a letter with every lap. A dance party, sunrise yoga, musical chairs and Relay Idol are also planned.

"Kenneth's (Hair Salon) is taking donations of hair for children needing wigs from chemo," Silsdorf said. "You get a free hair cut."

Golf, cheerleading, soccer, tennis and track conditioning clinics will also be offered for children grades 1-5 by high school and adult athletes.

Lauren's Land, named for Lauren Colby who lost her battle with pediatric cancer, will offer face painting, balloon bending and games for younger children, Silsdorf said.

"There's so much to do," she said.

A video of all the action is planned.

"This year we'll do a camp video from 12 to 12. We'll have videographers around the camp grounds video taping everything that goes on," said Frank Cautela, a volunteer and emcee of the event.

"People can buy a DVD at the end and the money will go to the American Cancer Society."

A few traditions are also included in the litany of events. A Survivors Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. before the relay begins.

"It's for those who have won or are fighting," Silsdorf said, noting that Sells Middle School Teacher Heather Gentry and Davis Middle School Teacher Michelle Mullen will talk about their experiences with cancer.

An opening ceremony is slated for noon Saturday and at 9 p.m. luminaries will be set around the track. The relay will wind down at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with a closing ceremony featuring Dublin Taiko players.

With so many activities planned, Silsdorf is hoping to raise more money and draw more people than ever before.

"I want to set an attendance record," she said. "This year I'm telling people, 'Come for the day. Come for an hour. Come for 15 minutes. Just come.' It's free to walk in the door."

For more information, or to sign up a team or person for the Survivor's Luncheon, look online at Dublin RFL.com.