Relay relocates to Heritage Park

Published 9:17 am Monday, May 23, 2005

By by Lee Weyhrich
Relay for Life is changing venues in Atmore. The event has been moved to Heritage Park from Tom Byrne park.
"Registration for the night event starts at 5 p.m. on June 10," American Cancer Society Community Representative Ginger Caylor said. "The survivors reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m.."
So far about 13 teams are competing to raise the most money for Relay for Life, an event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. The event was moved in the hopes that a more central location would increase exposure.
"We wanted a little bit more visibility and also for the closeness," Caylor said. And we needed to have a facility to have the survivors reception inside. A lot of times the survivors still on treatment can't handle the heat and we just want to make it more comfortable on them.
Besides raising money for cancer research, the event also recognizes the victims of the deadly disease.
"It's a celebration of the people who have lost the fight and the ones that are still fighting," Caylor said.
Donations can be made to recognize loved ones that have succumbed to the deadly disease and those that are still fighting it.
"Luminarias can be bought for $5.00," Caylor said. "It's a white bag that has the person's name on it that's either in memory of or in honor of a cancer patient and it is filled with sand and a candle and it's lit at the luminaria service. That's where we honor the ones that have lost their battle with cancer or that are still fighting it."
Relay is also holding a pancake supper June 6 at David's Catfish to raise money.

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