Relay for life is just around the corner and local teams in Brown County are preparing for the event by raising money to donate to the foundation. Funds gathered are given towards cancer research in effort to give every cancer patient or survivor another birthday, as well as remember those who lost their battle with cancer.

The Rock-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 17 at the Chatfield Assisted Living, located at 605 Calvert in Brownwood. This event is hosted by three local nursing and retirement homes including Care Nursing and Rehabilitation, The Chatfield Assisted Living and Oakridge Manor, and is open to the public.

The Chatfield will have rocking chairs lining their porch and participants can rock for a $5 minimum. Anyone who does not wish to rock may donate money or sponsor a resident.

“We are going to bus out the residents,” said Jodie Armstrong, Care and Rehabilitation administration coordinator, “this will be a fun way for residents to get out.”

The residents will be taken to Chatfield where they will have the opportunity to socialize. There will be no charge for the residents to rock.

“We are hoping to raise at least $5 per resident,” said Armstrong.

Each facility has their own individual Relay for Life team, but are combining their efforts for this fund-raiser, and will combine their efforts for at least one more event this April, said Armstrong.

There will be a DJ or band at the event providing 50s music, and those who attend are encouraged to dress in their best 50s attire. From poodle skirts to bobby-socks to greaser jackets and hair.

“I’m getting my poodle skirt out,” said Armstrong

Hamburgers will be served for lunch at the Rock-A-Thon. They will be provided and served by the Guardian EMS.

The Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at Gordon Wood Stadium.

For more information about the Rock-A-Thon, call Suzanne Faircloth at (325) 200-4904, Jodie Armstrong at (325) 642-0363 or Sherry Parrish at (325) 643-2746.