July 17, 2008

American Cancer Society Relay For Life Raises $19,750 for the Fight Against Cancer

Residents of Scotland County made a giant step toward a cure for cancer on June 28, 2008 at the 8th Annual Relay For Life of Scotland County.

Nine teams and hundreds of people came together during this year’s Relay to raise in excess of $19,750.00. Money raised during Relay For Life helps fund the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and service programs. The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit supporter of new cancer research and the largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer in our country.

“We appreciate all the support we received from each of the teams, as well as from our sponsors,” said Beverly Moore, event chair. “We are especially grateful to the many volunteers and their families for all of their hard work to make this event happen.”

Scotland County Care Center Red Barons team was the top fundraising team at the event, raising $ 10,190.

“Each dollar raised brings us closer to the cure, and each team is appreciated for their efforts”, said Moore.

Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie while also raising funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants campout and, when they are not taking their turn walking or running, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. Relay For Life also raises awareness about cancer by honoring cancer survivors.

The Relay began at 6:30 p.m. and was originally planned for the town square as usual, but due to the unpredictable weather the event was moved to the Scotland County Fitness Center.

“Our first priority is the safety of the participants and the public,” said Brenda Carlin American Cancer Society staff partner for Scotland County. “We have over 150 registered survivors who were sent invitations to Relay, many were in attendance to kick off the event by walking the first lap.”

Over 540 luminaria were sold for the ceremony and were lit at 9:00 p.m. for those in memory who’ve lost the battle to cancer and in support for those still fighting the disease.

Beverly Moore who has been the chairperson for the local Relay several years, announced at the event that she now wants to try her hand at being a team captain. The local Relay effort is currently seeking a new chairperson in Scotland County to head the 2009 Relay For Life event, or two individuals willing to serve as co-chairs.

If you are interested in this wonderful opportunity you can contact staff partner Brenda Carlin at brenda.carlin@cancer.org or 800-684-2733. You are also invited to our wrap up meeting on July 22, 2008 at the Payne Funeral Chapel.

For more information about Relay For Life and how to become involved, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the Web site at 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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