Thursday, July 28, 2011
HOPE Walk Thursday
The American Cancer Society Byhalia Area HOPE Walk, originally scheduled for mid-May, was unfortunately rained out minutes before starting and had to be rescheduled.
The new date for the event is just around the corner this Thursday, July 28. Citizens of Marshall County can come together at the Brunswick Avenue Gazebo in Byhalia for a common cause…..the hope of eliminating cancer.
The Byhalia Area HOPE Walk was started by the American Cancer Society last summer in an effort to provide Byhalia and the western part of Marshall County the opportunity to participate in a Relay-inspired event.
Melonie Counce, Marshall County staff partner with the ACS, said of the event, “Marshall County is geographically one of the largest counties in the state, and we realized we simply weren’t reaching the citizens in the western part of the county – especially those who are surviving cancer. This event gives people the opportunity to remember those they’ve lost to cancer and recognize survivors; as well as, celebrate the fact that more and more people are surviving this disease.”
Registration for participants will begin at 5 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers will be honored at the HOPE Walk with a special commemorative lap around the track at 6:30 p.m., as well as a reception at the gazebo on Brunswick Avenue.
All cancer survivors will be given a signature purple T-shirt, which is the color that represents survivors of all types of cancer. And George Powell, a cancer survivor and resident of Byhalia, will serve as this year’s honorary event chair.
“As a cancer survivor, I understand the ordeals cancer patients – and their caregivers – have to go through,” Powell said. “And I am honored to be the honorary chairman for the HOPE Walk.
“Everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by cancer. It doesn’t discriminate. This event is a way for us to try to bring the issue more to light, to honor survivors, to pay tribute to the victims of this disease and to work toward a cure for ourselves – and future generations.”
There will be food, games and fellowship for all who attend. HOPE Walk T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the event or at the Byhalia chamber office for $15.
Entertainment will be provided by two North Mississippi bands, Last Adam (Christian Rock) and Allison’s Rage (Classic Rock and Blues) as participants walk around the track during the evening.
The night will culminate with a luminaria and sky-lantern ceremony (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.) where we will honor and memorialize those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Any who would be interested in helping with the event may contact Counce at 662-213-4038 for more information.
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