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Fighting cancer with Relay

By By Lisa Tindell
Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Relay for Life participants Saturday as the event moved indoors to the Atmore Area YMCA facility.
Julie Ray, committee chairwoman for the 2010 event, which benefits The American Cancer Society said teams did their part in making the day fun.
The parade planned as the kickoff to Saturday’s event was cancelled due to bad weather forecasts and the entire Relay for Life schedule was put into action inside.
Ray said teams will continue to raise money for Relay for Life through July with special events still being planned.
The Atmore Community Hospital Team is continuing to raise money and has plans for a 5K Run/Walk this weekend.
Kimber Smith, team captain for the ACH group, said the run/walk is gearing up to be a big event.
Smith said the event is planned with runners and walkers in mind.
Pre-registration is recommended, Smith said, with the first 100 registered guaranteed an event shirt.
Smith said packet/shirt pick-up will begin at 7:15 a.m. Saturday with the walk/run getting underway at 8 a.m.
Drivers are encouraged to heed the route for the event and be mindful of those walking and running along the way.
The route, which begins on East Laurel Street, will wind through to Old Bratt Road/Horner Street to Pensacola Avenue to Pine Street and on to Fifth Avenue and ending back at the East Laurel Street point.
To pre-register for the ACH-sponsored 5K Run/ Walk, contact Smith at 368-6378 or 251-253-3283.
To make a contribution to benefit the American Cancer Society, contact any Relay for Life team member.
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