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|Relay for Life set for May 30|
Want to help find a cure for cancer?
"Gather your friends, co-workers and family members and form a team. Join in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the nation's largest fund raiser," said Emily Arnold, local Relay chairperson and American Cancer Society volunteer.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity. The Franklin Parish Relay will be held Friday, May 30, at Franklin Parish High School. This year's event is being held in honor of Wes Monceaux and in memory of Hallie Beth Gravelle and Joe M. "Bo Bo" Gravelle.
"We invite you to be a part of Relay for Life in Franklin Parish," Arnold said. "Your participation in this team event will celebrate survivorship and raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer."
Five or more people from local businesses, clubs, churches, schools, friends and families can be a team. Teams can show their enthusiasm by creating team themes, decorating campsites, selling food and providing games at relay. The night will include a full program and something for the entire family. Local entertainment and lots of food will be on tap for the evening as well.
The public is encouraged to come out and bring their lawn chairs for an enjoyable evening.
"Anyone who wants to join us as we celebrate survivorship can participate, take part in fun-filled activities and share the spirit of uniting in the war against this disease," Arnold said.
The event will begin with survivor's registration at the survivor's tent from 5 -5:45 p.m. All survivors will be given a free t-shirt, sash and balloon. During the survivor's recognition, each survivor's name will be called and their balloon released.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the survivor's victory lap. In this lap the survivors walk a lap together around the track and take a second lap with their family members by their side. The victory lap is a celebration of life and is a highlight of the evening.
The most touching time of the night is the luminaria ceremony that begins at 9 p.m. White bags with candles lit inside will line the track and all of the stadium lights turned off. Each of these bags have a name written on them of either a cancer survivor or someone who has passed away with cancer. A ceremony is held as each name is read aloud. Each bag represents a family and loved one affected by cancer. You may purchase a bag in your loved one's name at any local bank. These luminaria bags are sold for a $10 donation.
"Relay for Life raises our awareness about what we can do to fight this deadly disease, as well as raising money to bring us closer to a cure," Arnold said.
"The cancer survivors remind us that we have won many battles against cancer and inspire us to march forward to win the war."
All funds raised at Relay For Life benefit those touched by cancer. Money raised from the event benefits valuable cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services – all avenues leading one day to a cure for cancer. The American Cancer Society researchers are responsible for many research breakthroughs such as the mammogram, PAP test, PSA test , bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy treatment and Tamoxifen. Your American Cancer Society also provides personal services to cancer patients in Franklin Parish each year. The American Cancer Society works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through research, education, advocacy and patient services.
Register your team now and get involved in the fight against cancer. To register, call RFL Chairman, Emily Arnold(318) 435-4336. Visit us on the Web anytime at www.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.