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Originally published: 2012-07-19 10:40:08
Last modified: 2012-07-19 10:40:08

Cancer survivors walk lap of hope to kick off Relay For Life July 27

LIBBY BURLESON

Relay For Life of Avery County will kick off with a special Survivors Lap at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at Avery County High School’s MacDonald Stadium. The Survivor’s Lap is a moving experience honoring those who have defeated cancer. Survivors will join together to take Relay’s opening lap, unified in victory and hope, while the rest of the event’s participants surround the track to cheer them on.

Relay For Life is a unique grassroots fundraising event in which individuals and teams of participants in nearly 5,100 communities nationwide walk around a track to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and commit to fight back against the disease. The money raised through Relay For Life supports American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. 

Relay For Life events are held 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 campsites during the event. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. 

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in Relay For Life of Avery County, call Libby Burleson, American Cancer Society staff partner, at (828) 467-5778 or click to http://www.RelayForLife.org/averync. All survivors receive a free Relay For Life T-shirt.