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Fight cancer with Relay For Life
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Relay For Life of Wilson County has raised more than $400,000 during the past few years. This year’s event is May 5-6 in Poth.
The lives of everyone in our communities have been touched by cancer. We all know someone who has battled the dread disease, or have lost someone to it, have helped with benefits for those who have battled it and combated the accompanying medical expenses.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Wilson County has raised more than $460,000 since its inception in 2005. The 2012 Relay For Life of Wilson County takes place this Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at Jack Lane Memorial Stadium in Poth, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday and ending at 6 a.m. Sunday. The family-friendly, festival atmosphere is fun and exciting, appealing to all ages.
This event encourages communities to “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
Relay For Life provides “a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. ... teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path ... Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events ...” according to the Relay For Life website.
Participants walk through the night to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, and awareness for its programs, too.
The scheduled hours signify the coming of darkness in the lives of those who hear a diagnosis of cancer, live through the darkness and isolation of treatment, and survive into the dawn of new hope and new life -- cancer-free, for some. Survivors and caregivers are honored for their courage and commitment. The event includes a moving luminaria ceremony, with candles lit in honor of cancer sufferers or those who have lost their lives to the disease.
The event is also a celebration of life, with teams staging fun events, musical entertainment, games, and more. All funds raised by participating teams benefit the American Cancer Society, which not only continues research into curing cancer, but also provides assistance for cancer sufferers, their caregivers, and families.
For information, call Teresa Beas-ley at 210-287-1571 or visit www.RelayForLife.org or www.cancer.org.
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