Around 200 cancer survivors are expected to attend the annual Newton County Relay For Life’s Cancer Survivor Dinner on Friday.

Around 200 cancer survivors are expected to attend the annual Newton County Relay For Life’s Cancer Survivor Dinner on Friday.
Put on by the Relay planning committee, the dinner will commence at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church’s Christian Life Center on Baxter Road, Neosho.
Tiffany Marion is the committee’s survivor chair.
“It is to celebrate survivors and also it’s a time for survivors to get together with other survivors,” she said. “It’s a great time of conversation and meeting new people that are all affected by cancer. We recognize those who have been cancer free the longest and the shortest time as well.”
Those attending the event – open to all cancer survivors and a guest – will be treated to a home cooked meal, music, and a chance for the cancer survivors to purchase luminaries. The luminaries – which are $5 each – gives the person a chance to print their name or a name of a loved one who has or had cancer and decorate the bag. Then during the Relay – which will be June 10-11 at the Bob Anderson Stadium – the luminaries will be on the track and lit up at night.
Marion said the Relay For Life committee members are pleased to provide this survivor dinner.
“We could not make it possible without the community involvement and our wonderful volunteers and committee. It’s an honor to get to erve the cancer survivors,” she said. “We will also be giving out door prizes that night as well. Each survivor will have the opportunity to have their picture taken at the dinner.”
On Monday organizers are encouraging businesses on the boulevard and around the downtown square to “paint the town purple” in honor of survivors. Judging of those firms participating will be held Wednesday and prizes for the top participants will be made at next Friday’s Relay For Life