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Fun, tears at Randolph County Relay For Life

  • Balloon release for survivors and those who did not make it.

    Balloon release for survivors and those who did not make it.
    Photo by Shots by Shields

  • Tom Moll's family, from left, son, Wayne, sister Carla, wife Jeri and son Steve, stand by his memorial table. Moll was involved in the Relay For Life program for many years and was known as Mr. Relay.

    Tom Moll's family, from left, son, Wayne, sister Carla, wife Jeri and son Steve, stand by his memorial table. Moll was involved in the Relay For Life program for many years and was known as Mr. Relay.
    Photo by Shots by Shields

  • A martial arts demonstration was one of the events at the Family Friendly Festival at the Red Bud High School gymnasium.

    A martial arts demonstration was one of the events at the Family Friendly Festival at the Red Bud High School gymnasium.
    Photo by Shots by Shields

  • A number of music groups performed at the festival, from bluegrass music to the Southern Illinois Dance Company.

    A number of music groups performed at the festival, from bluegrass music to the Southern Illinois Dance Company.
    Photo by Shots by Shields

 
Herald Tribune staff report
Posted on 5/9/2018, 1:00 AM

A packed house filled the Red Bud High School gymnasium May 5 as residents throughout the region came together for the Family Friendly Festival hosted by the Randolph County Relay For Life.

Several types of food stands, an eclectic mix of musical entertainment, raffle items, a scavenger hunt, Championship Martial Arts demonstration, yoga, a balloon release provides a variety of entertainment to attendees -- all to benefit the fight against cancer.

An area was available to get your hair cut to donate it to someone with cancer.

Musical entertainment included the "Down and Dirty" Band, Hand Picked Bluegrass Band, the Red Bud Elementary School Band and the Southern Illinois Dance Company.

It is the 20th year that the Randolph County Relay For Life brought people from all over Southern Illinois together to share awareness of all of the good that the American Cancer Society provides to anyone who has cancer and their caregivers.

This year's theme was "Relay Around the World." Each group that was involved represented a different country.

A memorial table was also set aside for those who lost their fight with cancer. A special memorial was held for Dan Flowers, who taught math at Red Bud High School for many years and touched the lives of hundreds of students.

There was also be a special memorial for Tom Moll, who worked with the Randolph County Relay For Life for many years.