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Relay For Life set for June 1 at Fulton park

Relay For Life set for June 1 at Fulton park
A special luminary ceremony during the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay For Life of Fulton, South Fulton and Hickman, Ky., will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived.
Luminaries will be lighted June 1 at 9 p.m. at Pontotoc Park in downtown Fulton to represent them.
Anyone who desires to make a luminary donation may do so by contacting volunteer luminary chairman Wanda Sandling at (731) 479-2183. Each luminary is $5. There will also be torches available for purchase for $100 each.
“Each luminary represents the life of someone who has battled cancer. It is a beautiful sight when all the bags with candles are illuminated around the track,” Ms. Sandling said. “The luminary ceremony is a moving way to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to pay tribute to cancer survivors.”
Prior to the luminary ceremony, the survivors’ lap will kick off the Relay For Life event in Fulton at 6 p.m. June 1 as survivors circle the track, surrounded by friends and family cheering them on. For more information about walking in the survivors lap, call (270) 627-2545.
The local Relay For Life event will continue throughout the night and end early June 2.
Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and 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 fund raisers at their camp sites during Relay.
The event celebrates people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease — all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the American Cancer Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. The society helps people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
Published in The Messenger 5.17.12