June 1, 2006

Relay For Life Celebrating Conquering Cancer

The American Cancer Societyís annual Relay For Life of Scotland County, is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on June 16, through 6:30 a.m. on June 17, on the town square in downtown Memphis, and is a celebration of cancer survivorship and a fun way to raise the vital funds needed to help find a cure for cancer. The event will celebrate the lives of Scotland County residents who have survived cancer, while offering the hope of finding a cure. Hundreds of walkers are hoping to raise money to benefit the American Cancer Societyís programs of cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.

ďThe event will begin with a survivorsí lap in which Scotland County cancer survivors will take a victory lap around the square. The involvement of local cancer survivors is proof of the progress that has been made in improving cancer survival rates and the quality of life following cancer treatment,Ē said Brenda Carlin, Community Specialist, for your American Cancer Society. Invitations will be going out in the mail in the next week. If you are a cancer survivor and do not receive this invitation to join us on June 16, please call Survivor Chairperson Chris Tinkle at 660-465-7322.

Relay For Life is an all-night community event bringing together teams of families, friends, churches, neighborhoods, and businesses Ė all with the same goal of curing cancer. Teams of walkers keep a continuous presence on the track throughout the night, walking in shifts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

A full agenda of entertainment is planned, including music, team fundraising activities, fun theme laps and contests all night long. Relay For Life is a handicapped-accessible event.

Dollars raised during Relay For Life help support American Cancer Society research, education, advocacy, and patient services.

Relay For Life brings together millions of people nationwide to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from the disease. In 2004, three million people participated and 500,000 cancer survivors walked the opening laps. Relay For Life, the American Cancer Societyís largest signature and the most successful national fundraiser, is evolving into a worldwide movement to end cancer. Relay raised $306 million at more than 4,000 sites throughout the United States and took place in nine other countries.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research education, advocacy, and service.

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