2011-05-19 / Local & State

Relay For Life Moves Back To MHS Track

Cancer Fundraiser Takes Place May 20-21
By Lindsay R. Mellott
STAFF WRITER

This Friday and Saturday, Fulton County’s Relay For Life Committee brings its annual 24-hour cancer fundraiser back to the Mc- Connellsburg High School track where the event got its start 17 years ago.

Coming off a multiple-year run at Fulton County Fairgrounds, Relay For Life will get under way Friday at the high school track when the eight participating teams, made up of around 150 people, register at 4 p.m. and begin walking the first of lots and lots of laps.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s ( ACS) signature fundraiser and supports the society’s lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer, the secondleading cause of death in the U.S., as a major health issue.

This year, Relay organizers have a $28,500 goal to reach, according to ACS staffperson Connie Woodruff. Last year’s Relay here raised around $27,000.

Relay team members and onlookers will kick off the fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Friday, cheering on cancer survivors as they take a celebratory lap around the track and are then honored at a recognition ceremony afterwards.

In keeping with this year’s Relay theme, “hit it out of the park,” cancer survivors will enjoy a ballgame style meal of hamburgers and hot dogs at 5:30 p.m. courtesy of Fulton County Medical Center.

Vocal groups the Country Christians and the Country Cousins are scheduled to perform during Relay For Life’s opening activities.

Friday’s 9 p.m. luminaria ceremony honors the people who have faced cancer firsthand and remembers those who have been lost to cancer. Luminarias can be purchased at the track Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Other scheduled activites are numerous themed laps throughout the event, including a healtlhy snack lap sponsored by Tri- State Community Health Center at 7 a.m. Saturday; a climbing wall at 4 p.m. Friday sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America; a MHS boys baseball game at 6:30 p.m. Friday; Miss Relay at noon on Saturday; a silent auction; and raffles. Anouncement of the total dollar amount raised will be made at 3: 30 p.m., a half-hour before the Relay’s final lap is walked Saturday at 4 p.m.

Money brought in by annual Relay For Life events across the nation allows the ACS to continue funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts and patient services.

Donations can still be made to Fulton County’s Relay For Life up to and throughout the event on Friday and Saturday, and there is still time for cancer survivors to register for Friday’s survivor lap and reception by calling the ACS office in Chambersburg at 264-6266.

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