The luncheon, which included cancer survivors and their friends and family members, was an unofficial kickoff to the Relay for Life - Jasper for 2014. The event was sponsored by the American Cancer Society and several local businesses. The luncheon was catered by Victoria’s Restaurant., and entertainment was provided by The Kool Katz jazz band.
Bryan Knox and Mitzi Nelson of Gardendale First Baptist Church served as guest speakers for the second annual luncheon.
Knox’s wife, Lynda, battled breast cancer before succumbing to the disease earlier this summer. Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer in June and earlier this week completed chemotherapy treatments.
Both spoke of their personal experiences with cancer — Knox from the standpoint of a caregiver who watched a loved one battle the disease, and Nelson from the standpoint of someone currently battling cancer.
Event chairperson Becky Rigsby also announced Relay for Life activities that will be held in 2014.
•A Relay for Life Kickoff on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at Woodland Trace Church of Christ.
•Get Fit for a Cure, which will be held in January. An exact date has yet to be set.
•A Zumbathon, set for Thursday, Feb. 13.
•Dancing with our Stars of Hope, planned for Thursday, March 6.
•Paint the Town Purple/5k run and walk and Bark for a Cure, set for Saturday, April 5.
•A Relay for Life 2014 Telethon on TV 16, with a date and time to be announced later.
•Relay for Life-Jasper, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and end at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Walker High School track.