Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 12, 2013

Relay for Life teams forming

Walk to celebrate cancer survivors, raise money to fight the disease

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens — Teams of Henderson County residents will gather at the Henderson County Fairplex on May 10, at 7 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The event begins with a cancer survivor’s lap, celebrating those who have survived cancer, or who are currently battling cancer.  Games, music, and live entertainment encourage people all through the night.  Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the Relay.

Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors, and remembering those lost to the disease.  Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria bags that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer.  Luminarias may be purchased for $5 on the event website at www.relayforlife.org/hendersoncotx.

Also a part of the Lindale Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back Ceremony,” in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment, and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthy, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started in May, 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of this 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society.  For more information on how you can get involved in Relay for Life of Henderson County, visit relayforlife.org/hendersoncotx.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.  As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, the Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.  Lives are saved by helping people stay well by: preventing cancer, or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer; and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, the Society turns what it knows about cancer into what it does. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. 

To learn more about the Society, or to get help, call this number anytime, day or night: 1-800-227-2345,  or visit cancer.org.

If interested in starting a Relay For Life Team please give call. You are needed, and every step taken is one step closer to a cure. Please contact Jacque Marshall for more information and registration, at Jacque.marshall@prosperitybanktx.com. Or call 903-676-2062.

There will be a survivor dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the event. Please contact Kristi Key for more information, and to register at kkey@thodocs.com or 903-340-0845.