Walkers (and joggers) will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Nolan County.
Teams of Nolan County residents will gather at the Sweetwater High School track on June 3, 2011, for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay for Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.
There will be a Survivor Luncheon for any cancer survivor on Saturday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Sweetwater. The luncheon is in honor of all cancer survivors. The lunch is being donated by Skeet's Texas Grill in Sweetwater. Survivors are also urged to sign up for the ceremonies that take place at Relay. Locations include First Financial Bank, Texas National Bank and Roscoe State Bank. Please call Relay for Life Chairman Charlie Peek at 870-557-4437 or your local American Cancer Society (ACS) office at 325-691-1519 with any questions.
"The American Cancer Society Relay for Life offers an opportunity for survivors, current cancer patients, friends, family, anyone really, to come together in the fight against cancer," said Charlie Peek, 2011 Relay for Life Chairman. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors who serve as reminders that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors who have been touched by cancer."
All are invited to attend the luminaria ceremony, which takes place after sundown to honor the community's cancer survivors and caregivers. While remembering those lost to the disease, participants circle the track lined with glowing luminaria (candle lanterns) while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminaria may be purchased for any donation amount. Please call Amber Gee at 325-436-1827 for purchases or inquiries.
Using Hearts and Feet for Fight Cancer
Funds raised at Relay for Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Proceeds raised in Sweetwater, Texas, stay in the West Texas Region of ACS. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.
Relay for Life events take place in more numerous communities throughout Texas, raising money for the fight against cancer.
To locate a Relay for Life event and find out who you can get involved, visit www.RelayForLife.org;  call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or visit 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.