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April 30, 2013

Families and friends of Appanoose Co. to fight cancer

CENTERVILLE — Cancer fighters will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Appanoose County gets underway with teams gathering at Paul Johnson Field at Lakeview Elementary on June 1 at 1 p.m.

Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their Relay.

Camp site setup begins at 8 a.m. Survivor luncheon will be at 11 a.m. in the Lakeview Elementary cafeteria — survivors and caregivers are invited. Opening ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Look for the upcoming schedule of events.

“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Lora Kelly, publicity chair. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Appanoose County is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Appanoose County are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.

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 that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by calling Kristi Ritter at (641) 895-2613 or by visiting kristironi@hotmail.com.

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