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Wilkes Relay for Life for 2010 to hold Kick-Off celebration on Tuesday night, January 12

Wilkes County’s Relay For Life committee will celebrate the kickoff of the 2010 Relay For Life on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

“The kickoff celebration is a great opportunity for people who want to learn how to get involved with the Relay For Life of Wilkes County,” said Margie Burke, this year’s event chairman. “We’ll celebrate the success of the 2009 Relay For Life and kick off the 2010 event. To become involved in this year’s Relay For Life here, please join us for the kickoff celebration.”

In 2009, the Relay For Life of Wilkes County raised over $60,500 for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life began with one man in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985 and is now a worldwide movement to end cancer, organizers say. These funds help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of eliminating cancer as a major health concern.

During the Relay, team members typically take turns walking the track throughout the day and night in honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day. “For those not walking, there is constant action

to keep everyone busy. From entertainment, food, and games to touching ceremonies and stories of inspiration, there is something for everyone at Relay For Life,” said Summer Garrison, ACS event staff. “At each event, we celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer through our Survivor’s Lap and survivor recognition. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.”

During the all-night event, she said, “we also remember loved ones lost to the disease, and honor those who have survived and are currently battling the disease with our luminaria ceremony. At Relay, people who have walked alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find healing. Finally, we fight back against cancer because we want to put an end to the disease. Relay helps individuals make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight.”

To sign up for the kickoff celebration, call the American Cancer Society at 866-227-0904 (toll free). For more information about the event, contact Margie Burke, event chairman, at 706-318-0832, or Summer Garrison, event staff, at 866-227-0904 (toll free).

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