ACS event helps raise donations, cancer awareness

Friday, April 19, 2002

It would be nice if the candles lit tonight in Capaha Park to honor survivors of cancer outnumbered those lit in memorium, but they probably won't.

"They're usually evenly divided," said Julie Causey of the American Cancer Society.

But the fact that the number of survivors are on the rise is cause for celebration, she said and that's the goal of the Relay for Life.

The relay is an overnight, non-competitive event in which teams can walk, jog, run or stroll around the park lagoon. Teams are made up of 8 to 15 people who have each promised to raise at least $150 for the cancer society.

Last year, more than $50,000 was raised from the fundraiser with 60 percent of those funds remaining local. The rest of the money benefits cancer research across the nation.

So far, 19 teams have signed up to participate in the 12-hour relay with the sign-up deadline at 7 p.m. Registration is $10 per person.

The event will begin with cancer survivors making the first lap around the lagoon.

Among other activities during the evening will be the luminary lighting ceremony. People may purchase a luminary in memory of someone who has died from cancer or in honor of a cancer survivor.

The luminaries, brown paper bags weighted with sand and holding a candle, will be lit at 9 p.m.

Teams are asked to have at least one member moving around the track at all times.

Entertainment, talent contests, games, food and camping will also take place. The event is open to the public.

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