The youths of Hopkins County are on a mission — a mission to raise funds for cancer research. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life encourages more youth teams to register for the May 1-2 event on the Sulphur Springs Middle School track. “Relay For Life is a great way for students to get involved in a fun event in their community and help save the lives of those facing cancer,” said Lee Gifford, youth recruitment chairperson. “Students who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a voluntee, or participant, are taking responsibility and making a commitment to the fight against cance and they’re letting the community know that cancer can be beat.”
Some of the youth teams already registered include two Saltillo Family Career Community Leaders of America teams, Cumby Science Team, Cumby Athletic Team, North Hopkins Beta Club and Sulphur Springs High School Blue Blazes. Church youth groups are also encouraged to form teams for the Relay. Youth teams are made up of 10 to 15 middle school and high school students, with at least one adult sponsor.
“We are so proud of our youth teams,” said Tony Aguilar, Relay For Life of Hopkins County chairperson. “These kids work hard to raise funds for this cause and have a great time doing it. I know Saltillo FCCLA Team recently had a hamburger lunch and raised around $300 in a couple of hours. We want to encourage more youth teams to get involved and catch the excitement of Relay.”
The youth teams themselves issue this challenge to other area youth groups, clubs and organizations to form teams and raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
For more information about registering a youth team for the Relay For Life of Hopkins County, contact Youth Recruitment Chairperson Lee Gifford at 903-335-2670.
There’s still time to enter an adult team to participate in Relay For Life too. Call Judy Worley at 903-439-8449 to register a team.
“The funds raised [for RFL] enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and services to patients,” said Aguilar. “Due to the generosity of corporate sponsors like Grocery Supply, Alliance Bank, Galyean Insurance, Morning Star, Dr. Chuck Jones, Chili’s, ETX Radio, ABC Autoplex, and Fall Festival, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs.”
He noted that while raising funding is a big part of the annual ACS event, it’s not the only purpose. It’s also designed to unite friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches ... people from all walks of life, and shine a spot light not only on progress on treatment and research, but also the brave battle waged by those affected by cancer.
“Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront,” said Aguilar. “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not just in cancer cure rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment.”
The ACS Relay For Life Committee invites survivors and current cancer patients, caregivers, families, businesses, civic organizations and the public to take part in this exciting, team event. Relay For Life of Hopkins County takes place from 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 until 7 a.m. Saturday, May 2, with an award ceremony following at 8 a.m. on the Sulphur Springs Middle School track.
For information on how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life call 903-439-8449 or visiting www.RelayForLife.org. For more information about cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line, 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345), 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.
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