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Teams of Nolan and Scurry County residents will gather at the Sweetwater High Track and Field on May 18, at 7 p.m. for an overnight Relay against cancer. This yearâ€™s event marks the 10th anniversary of the Relay in Sweetwater. Both Nolan and Scurry County survivors, caregivers and all who wants to fight back against cancer are invited to join the Sweetwater event this year.
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. This yearâ€™s goal is $35,000.
The event begins with a cancer survivors lap at 7:30 p.m. celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer. A silent auction, games, music and live entertainment are sure to keep people entertained throughout the night. Organizers will even be holding a â€śRelay Idolâ€ť karaoke competition. To pre-register, contact Charlie Peek at 236-4063. Teams will also be holding fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay.
Relay For Lifeâ€™s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the communityâ€™s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminarias may be purchased for a suggested donation of $5 by calling 325-672-0994 or by visiting www.relayforlife.org/sweetwatertx.
This yearâ€™s â€śFight Back Ceremonyâ€ť will feature one of the Relay teams, Team Chip. It is a reminder to Relay participants to make their 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 against cancer.
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, Washington raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. It has grown to over 6,200 events in 22 countries and is considered the largest fundraising event in the world. His story is a shining example of how one person can truly make a difference. Dr. Klatt was recently diagnosed with cancer. A special luminaria will be lit in his honor at this yearâ€™s Relay.
The funds raised from Relay For Life go to fund life-saving research, education, advocacy and local patient services. Last year alone, the American Cancer Society provided 806 services to 83 patients in Nolan and Scurry Counties through programs such as the gas card, guestroom, wig, and breast prosthesis programs. For more information on all of the patient services offered by the American Cancer Society or to find out how you can get involved, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.