• Sumter County Relay for Life slated for Friday

    Posted: April 06, 2011

    Author: Amy Jones

     LIVINGSTON, Ala.--Hard work and countless hours of preparation pay off this Friday, April 8 when the community gathers for Relay For Life of Sumter County at the University of West Alabama’s intramural field beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    This fund-raising event is filled with activities, fun and community spirit, and all funds raised at Relay For Life support American Cancer Society programs designed to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through research, education, advocacy and patient services. The community is invited to participate in Relay and help Sumter County once again top its goal, which is set this year for $56,000. All money raised locally stays in the State of Alabama.

    The theme of this year’s Relay For Life is “Cancer-Free TV Network.” Teams will decorate their campsites based on a favorite TV show, and each team at the family-friendly event will also have games, raffles or a variety of food for sale at the campsites. A new component to Relay for Life this year is the “Late Night Relay Party” from 9:30 p.m. to Midnight. This special element encourages community youth and UWA students to participate in the events planned with them in mind. Of course, everyone is invited to stay and join in the party!

    Relay For Life brings everyone together to celebrate, remember and fight back. Relay kicks off with the Survivors Lap at 5:30 p.m., which celebrates those who won the battle against cancer. All survivors will receive a free T-shirt, medallion and Catfish dinner compliments of Parr’s Chevron and Sumter Fuel Services, LLC.

    One of the most moving parts of Relay, the luminaria service at 8:15 p.m., will remember those lost to cancer and honor those fighting the battle. The luminaria ceremony symbolizes the hope and courage with which we continue to work toward a cure for this deadly disease. Luminarias can be purchased for a minimum donation of $5 at Relay.

    This year in the United States, an estimated 1.3 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. Additionally, more than 1,500 people will die of cancer each day. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer. Join the fight by attending Relay For Life of Sumter County.

    For more information about the 2011 Relay For Life of Sumter County, please contact event chair Amy Jones at (205) 652-3558 or visit www.relayforlife.org/sumter.
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