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May 8, 2014

Residents gear up for Relay for Life

Lindsay — The survivor’s walk for the Relay for Life of Cooke County will start at noon May 10 at Knight Stadium, 508 W. 4th St.

New for this year, the Relay will end at midnight. There is no admission and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The goal is to raise awareness and funding for cancer research and to work toward eradicating the disease in the future.

Relay for Life is an organized community fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society where Relay teams camp out and team members take turns walking around the track. The American Cancer Society also funds a variety of free programs and services to those facing cancer locally.

The first Relay For Life of Cooke County was held in Muenster in 1996. This family-friendly event offers non-stop activities throughout the day and evening including food, games, activities and live entertainment to build camaraderie.

Last year’s event raised a record setting $177,000.

There were 41 teams registered, with more than 114 survivors, and more than 500 community members attending the event. This year, the event is expected to be even larger with the noon to midnight format and expanded activities throughout the day.

“For more than 29 years, Relay has given cancer survivors, cancer patients, caregivers, family, friends and entire communities a place where their voices can be heard in the fight against cancer,” Cooke County Relay For Life Marketing chairman Tamara Sieger said.

Relay brings together more than 3.5 million people nationwide to participate in the world’s largest non-profit fundraiser, which has raised a total of more than $4.5 billion to fund the American Cancer Society’s mission. At Relay, attendees have the opportunity to celebrate those who have won their cancer battle, remember those lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

“Our successful 2013 campaign has set the bar extremely high for our 2014 Relay For Life event, but we have faith that we will exceed our goals but the continued support of our entire community is vital,” Sieger said. “Most everyone knows someone who has fought cancer, and this is a way to honor or remember them and fight back against cancer, while enjoying a fun and family friendly event which is truly a celebration of life.”

For more information call Stacy Dickerson at 940-736-4697 or Chris Hamilton at 940-634-4081 or Lisa Dieter at 940-736-6031 or email RFLCooke@gmail.com.

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