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Relay for Life focuses on cure for cancer

Relay for Life is wrought with symbolism. First – with each step and each dollar raised, research is that much closer to a cure. Second – cancer never sleeps. A member of every team walks the track from opening ceremonies until closing ceremonies, to demonstrate the invasive nature of every type of cancer.

This year’s Relay for Life of Williamson County will be held at Freedom Intermediate School May 10-11. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and run through the night until 6 a.m. Saturday.

To register, go to

Join a team, form a team or just walk – everyone is invited. Registration is $10 but each registrant is asked to raise a minimum of $100. Registration is free for survivors.

The event began in 1985 with one person with a desire to make a difference. Gordy Flatt walked and ran around a Tacoma, Wash., track and raised $27,000. Since then Relay has grown into an international movement that has raised more than $4 million for cancer research.

The journey to end cancer started with a single step. The American Cancer Association’s Relay for Life is an opportunity to be a part of that journey while honoring cancer survivors and remembering loved ones who lost their fight. It is also a chance to raise awareness about what can be done to avoid a cancer diagnosis.

The event also includes a celebratory survivor walk and a solemn ceremony remembering those lost.

Luminaries, which surround the walking lane, provide a time for people to share their grief by remembering those who are no longer here and to provide hope by honoring survivors.

They may be purchased for $10.
For more information about Relay for Life, contact Megan Carmean at 615-341-7330 or at

Posted on: 5/8/2013


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