Relay for Life slated June 3-4 at Fulton park
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:09 pm
Fighting cancer will be a walk in the park for a 12-hour period June 3-4 for Fulton, South Fulton and Hickman, Ky., area residents.
The communities’ annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society will be staged from 6 p.m. June 3 until 6 a.m. June 4 at Pontotoc Park in downtown Fulton.
Organizers said Relay for Life “gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”
Relay for Life celebrates survivors or anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, remembers loved ones and raises money for the fight against cancer.
Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations and anyone who wants to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in the exciting team event.
Teams may register for the event by visiting online at RelayForLife.org/fultonky or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as members of teams camp out 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 camp sites during Relay for Life, according to organizers.
The event brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and faith-based groups all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts “to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back,” a spokesman said.
“Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer,” said Jackie Akers, publicity chair for the Fulton, South Fulton and Hickman Relay For Life. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps brings hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.”
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest non-government source of cancer research funds, contributing about $3.4 billion annually.
Published in The Messenger 2.24.11