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Lindale celebrates cancer survivors in overnight event
Written by Clayton Neville   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:54

Courtesy of Lindale Chamber of Commerce

Teams of Lindale residents will gather at Velma Penny Elementary School on April 12, 2013 at 7pm for an overnight relay against cancer.

Relay For Life is a fun filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The event begins with a cancer survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer. Games, music, live entertainment encourage people all through the night. Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay.

Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria bags that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminarias may be purchased for $5.00 by calling Theresa Bluhm at 903-238-5010 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or our event website at www.relayforlife.org/lindaletx.

Also a part of the Lindale Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back Ceremony” in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthy, exercise regularly etc.) in fighting back.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of this 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Washington raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. For more information on how you can get involved in Relay for Life of Lindale visit relayforlife.org/lindaletx, on Facebook at facebook.com/RelayForLifeLindaleTx.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

 
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