Relay for Life raises over $20000 to support American Cancer Society

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For Southward, the Relay for Life was an example of community outreach that will likely end up saving someone's life.

The Relay for Life planning committee, comprised of high school students, community members, parents, and teachers is already talking about next year and welcomes any interested volunteers to join them, Hanley said.

Funds raised help cancer patients and their families with expenses, as well as contribute to other causes supported by the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to enter the lip sync contest should call Rose at 417-989-1282 to pre-register, and they should be sure to bring with them to Relay a CD of the song they're going to lip sync.

"As this year has progressed we have found many roadblocks from the community", said Ryan.

Years ago Relay For Life events in Greene County were held at Harmon Park in Paragould.

"This year, the teams had their own fundraisers".

A luminary service at 10 p.m. will recognize those who have lost the fight to cancer and support those who are still fighting or have survived.

Last year's Relay attracted about 1,200 people and raised $278,754.56, she said.

"As a two-time survivor, (this event) means a lot", she said.

Pimentel said the luminaria was beautifully done and was one of the best she has witnessed. "They raise so much money and the kids are having so much fun", she said looking at the students who were tossing water balloons, running around the track and playing on Fujitani Field. The day of the event, many teams sell refreshments and raffle tickets, while a silent auction also takes place to raise money. "As someone who was a caregiver who lost their survivor, sitting at that bag and being supported by your community is an unbelievable feeling, and I hope that the community is able to feel that".

Prior to the Relay kickoff, the 5K Relay For Life Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m., with the first 50 entrants receiving West Virginia Lottery tickets, bags and an event shirt.

More than 100 survivors are signed up for the event and the survivors dinner.

Survivor Joe Hiscock spoke about his fight against cancer.

Our Lady of Fatima School principal Maria Young and Jan Morgan, who both participated in 14 of the 15 North Shore Relay For Life events, are two members of the Fatima Saints team. Something different this year will see participants leave the stadium and go over to the Cumberland County Museum where a giant luminary will be lit on the museum grounds.

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