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‘Overwhelming response’ to Relay For Life Survivor Kickoff Dinner

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The annual Relay For Life Cancer Survivors Dinner is being moved to a larger venue to accommodate the large number of people confirming attendance this year.
“As of last night, we were close to 175, not counting the committee members that will be there,” noted Jennifer Philo with 2009 Relay For Life.
Also, to be sure all who want to attend are able, the deadline to RSVP has been extended — survivors can simply call and confirm their intention to attend.
“We have had an overwhelming response from survivors and are thrilled,” said Joyce Davis, Survivor Recruitment chairperson. “We want to make sure that every survivor that wants to attend this dinner is able to be there. These folks are the reason we Relay each year.”
Those who have not yet made a reservation can call Davis at 903-885-6176.
The Mardi Gras dinner, which officially kicks off the county’s Relay For Life season, will be hosted by the 2009 Relay For Life Committee from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located directly across from the U.S. Post Office. The venue has been changed from the fellowship hall to the FLC to better accommodate all of the survivors and their guests, according to event organizers. And, should anyone need it, wheelchair accessibility is available at the rear entrance.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life allows communities to celebrate the lives of those who have survived their personal battle with cancer. For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers an opportunity to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, Relay provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay brings a communities’ recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in their lives.
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.

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