February 7, 2008

Community Making Plans for Eighth Annual Relay for Life

The date of Friday, June 27th has been chosen for the eighth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Scotland County. The ACS theme this year is “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back”. The event will be held on the Memphis square beginning at 6:30 p.m., and run through 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.

The theme denotes the efforts by the relay team members who “celebrate” by holding a survivors’ reception prior to the beginning of the Relay For Life. Survivors are honored for their courage and strength by beginning the event with an honorary lap.

The community “celebrates” with its survivors and “remembers” loved ones lost to cancer, during the Luminaria ceremony. As the names are read for the luminaries that circle the square, this is often the most moving and memorable portion of the event.

Then the team members “fight back” by raising money throughout the year to be used in the fight against cancer by funding research, education, advocacy and patient services. Teams have food and games at their camp sights on the courthouse lawn throughout the evening. Entertainment is also provided for the community’s enjoyment.

The event has several teams that have already committed to returning this year, and new teams are being formed. Teams can be comprised of families, friends, church or business associates.

A team captain kick-off will be held on Monday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the hospitality room at Payne Funeral Chapel, and is open to anyone that is interested in forming a team. RSVPs are not required, but would be appreciated.

For more information on the Relay For Life or to register to attend the kick-off, please contact Beverly Moore or Kathy Gardner.

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. To learn more about the society’s research, prevention, advocacy, patient service, and early detection program, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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