Thursday, August 19, 2010
Byhalia holding Relay
By SUE WATSON
The town of Byhalia and the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to promote and support the Byhalia/West Marshall County Relay for Life on Thursday, August 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m., said Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the chamber.
The relay will take place at the Byhalia Town Hall (old gym) under the comfort of air conditioning due to weather conditions.
Teams will be pre-selling tickets for $10 for catfish or chicken dinners in boxes with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Seafood Junction Too is catering the to-go dinners. They will be in the parking lot at the old Byhalia gym. People can choose to take their boxes with them or eat on site in the gym and attend the Relay For Life where there will be tables, chairs and drinks . . . . and air conditioning
“Let’s ‘Paint the Town Purple’ in an evening of fun, food and karaoke entertainment,” Sawyer said.
There will be a survivors ceremony and reception and a caregivers recognition.
Survivors will receive a T-shirt when they register at the event. A special luminarias ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. for those who have survived cancer or have lost their battle to this disease that takes so much from so many.
Luminarias are available for $10, purple bows ($5), and T-shirts ($12) and may be purchased at the chamber office at 2452 Church Street or the evening of the event.
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raising event, bringing communities together in hope, celebration and memory. It offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer, allows communities to remember those who have lost the fight against cancer and honors those who have survived.
Teams of eight to 15 people from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools and service organizations participate. During the event, team members take turns walking on the track. Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $100 for the American Cancer Society.
It is estimated that more than 1,500 people each day will die from cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and one of every three deaths is from cancer.
Since 1990, nearly 20 million new cancer cases have been diagnosed. In the United States, men have a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women the risk is one in three. Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
“We need volunteers to assist with all aspects of this year’s Relay For Life,” Sawyer said.
Melonie Counce, Relay for Life staff partner, said, “The American Cancer Society is hoping to reach out to cancer patients, survivors nd their families in the West Marshall County area. This mini-relay is a great opportunity to do that.”
To sponsor a team, volunteer or work on the planning, call Counce at 662-213-4038 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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