The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hopkins County is just around the corner, and the deadline to register a team, cancer survivor or caretaker is even closer.
The Relay For Life of Hopkins County Committee is asking that registration forms be turned in no later than Friday, April 3, so that t-shirts can be ordered for participants.
“We are thrilled to already have 187 cancer survivors registered for the 2009 Relay,” said RFL Survivor Registration Chairperson Joyce Davis. “Each registered survivor and caretaker receives a free t-shirt and are recognized during the opening laps of the Relay For Life on May 1. While we will continue to register folks up to the last minute, we need to go ahead and order t-shirts so they will be available to hand out prior to the Relay.”
For information about how to form a team or become involved in RFL, call Judy Worley at 903-439-8449. Survivors or caretakers may register by calling Joyce Davis at 903-348-0716 or Mynder Nash at 903-348-7221.
Relay For Life is designed to mobilize communities to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and raise money for the fight against cancer.
Survivors and current cancer patients, caregivers, families, businesses, civic organizations and the public are invited to take part in this year’s RFL, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, with the ceremonial survivors’ lap, and continues until 7 a.m. Saturday, May 2 on the Sulphur Springs Middle School track.
The event will be filled with activities for teams and families to participate in, including games and entertainment. A special video is also being composed using photographs of cancer survivors, those currently battling cancer and others who have battled the disease. The video will be shown throughout the relay, honoring those individuals. Anyone wishing to contribute photos for the video may do so by contacting Joyce Davis at 903-348-0716 or Mynder Nash at 903-348-7221. Photos will be returned, so contributors are asked to make sure their information is included, preferable by submitting pictures in a self-addressed stamped envelope.
One other special activity held during the RFL is the luminaria ceremony, remembering those lost to cancer and honoring others who have bat tled and won. The luminaria candle-lighting will be at 10 p.m. Friday, May 1.
Anyone desiring to purchase a luminaria may do so by contacting Mynder Kelly at 903-348-3783. Each luminaria candle is $5. Luminaria order forms are also available at Wal-Mart at the dressing room service desk.
“It will be beautiful when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track,” said Mynder Kelly, luminaria chair. “We hope to sell enough to light the entire area. And this year we are doing things a little differently.”
And, as if the Relay teams and committee aren’t doing enough already to light the path of awareness and fund raising for the American Cancer Society, this year’s teams are stepping out with another challenge.
“Relay teams have decided to go the second mile by having a canned food drive. Luminaria sacks are typically weighted down with sand, but this year the bags will be weighted down by cans of food. After the Relay on May 1-2, the cans of food will be donated to the North East Texas Food Bank,” Kelly said.
Those who would like to contribute canned goods for this event may do so by bringing their donation to the next three Relay meetings at First United Methodist Church. The meetings will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2; from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14; and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.
For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-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.
— Compiled from Information provided by Jennifer Philo, RFL Committee member
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