Members of the public are invited to get their exercise for the day with FCCLA on Saturday, April 21, by participating in a “Mini” Relay for Life event called Games4Life at Waynesville High School from 1-4 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the WHS chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, is a student-led community service project to benefit the American Cancer Society.

After speaking to a Relay for Life volunteer last July, FCCLA members were inspired to promote cancer awareness and raise money locally for ACS. They started a campaign called Paws4Cancer, in which they sold hats, paper cut-outs, and even incorporated the theme into their homecoming float.

Says FCCLA senior member Andrea Ramos, “ We all know that cancer comes unexpectedly and can hit us like a truck, but that doesn’t mean it defines who you are or should change the way you are.  When my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer, she didn’t let it control her. Of course, at times it brought us down, and sometimes we felt lost as a family. What we needed was something to lighten up the mood and to allow us to laugh a little more, such as a family game night. This relay is a perfect example to not only show that we are fighting this battle together, but it’s providing those with cancer a brighter day in the life they’re living.”

The Games4Life Relay is intended to be a family- (& stroller-) friendly event, allowing families to come together for exercise and entertainment in support of a good cause. “Games4Life is supposed to mimic the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The purpose of the relay is to have at least one member of your team or group on the track walking for the entire duration of the event.

“While one or more members is walking, the other members of the team can participate in the activities and games or buy concessions,” says Kathryn Blau, FCCLA president-elect.

Registration is $20 each for ages 10 and older.  Shirts will be included with registration while supplies last. Participants may register individually or as a team either in advance or on-site. The relay will be held at the WHS stadium or moved inside to the gym in case of inclement weather.  

For registration questions, contact Amy Johnson, FCCLA Adviser, ay amjohnson@waynesville.k12.mo.us  or call 573-842-2400.