2013-05-16 / Front Page

Relay For Life Set For Friday And Saturday

Not too late to walk, donate to cancer fundraiser
By Lindsay R. Mellott

STAFF WRITER

The fight aganist cancer continues in Fulton County this Friday at 5 p.m. when the American Cancer Society (ACS) brings a red, white and blue “All American” themed Relay for Life to the McConnellsburg High School track.

One hundred people representing the nine teams registered to take part in this year’s Relay For Life are anticipated to walk in the 18-hour event with a goal to raise $33,100. To date, through various fundraisers and coporate sponsorships, $21,600 of that goal has been reached. In 2012, Fulton County Relay For Life netted $36,592 for the ACS.

Relay For Life co-chairs Lanette Deneen and Barbara Weller say the fundraiser will get started with opening ceremonies and announcements, followed by a cancer survivor victory lap led by the Fulton Count Honor Guard.

At 6 p.m. a dinner sponsored by the Fulton County Medical Center Angels team will be served to cancer survivors and their caregivers inside McConnellsburg High School. Scheduled speaker is cancer survivor George Cutchall.

Friday’s 9 p.m. luminaria ceremony will celebrate the people who have faced cancer and remember those who have been lost to the disease. Lights in white bags will line the track, each bearing the name of a loved one. Luminarias are available at the Relay until 8:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $10 per bag or can be preordered online at relayforlife.org/pafultoncounty.

Scheduled Relay activities include a silent auction, Friday, 5 p.m. - Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Zumba Fitness, Friday, 7 p.m.; campsite tent judging, Friday, 8:30 p.m.; flashlight tag, Friday, 10 p.m.; glow stick toss game, Friday, 11 p.m.; story time, Saturday, 9 a.m.; and Fight Back Ceremony, Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.

Numerous themed laps around the track are planned for the participants who will will take turns walking the track from the Relay’s start on Friday until it ends on Saturday with a closing ceremony at 11 a.m. They include, among others, flag and veteran lap; red, white and blue lap; poker lap; ready for beddie lap; and crazy hat lap.

Relay for Life supports the ACS’s lifesaving mission to elimi- nate cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., as a major health issue.

Money raised at 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.

Fulton County Relay For Life supporters can log onto relayforlife.org/pafultoncounty to sign up a team (there are still spots open), make a donation, sign up for the survivorís dinner or purchase a luminaria. To donate to the silent auction contact co-chairs Deneen at 240-520-2811 or Weller at 717- 485-6242. Additional questions or information about Relay For Lifecan be obtained from the cochairs or from the Chambersburg ACS office at 717-264-6266.

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