Relay for Life events hope to raise funds

Published 1:12 pm Monday, October 25, 2010

It’s never too early to think and plan for the annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. The brainchild of Dr. Gordy Klatt, Relay has been an annual event in towns and cities all over the United States in the years since that time. Dr. Klatt was a surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., who collected $27,000 in May of 1985, running 83 miles to show support for those who were fighting cancer.

Atmore has begun the plans for Relay for Life in 2011. Julie Ray, from Atmore Nursing Center, is the chairperson, coordinating events for the different teams in Atmore.

“I know it’s early yet,” said Ray.

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Anyone is interested in joining a team or organizing a team, there will be a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Brooks Memorial Church at noon.

“We have 10 teams so far this year,” Ray said. “They are already making plans for their events to raise money for 2011 Relay for Life.”

First Baptist Pre-school will have a bake sale at the church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Oct. 29.

Poarch will have an all-night event beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1 and end at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. There will be a jewelry $5 sale at Wind Creek.

Winn Dixie will have a tent for selling “all sorts of things” on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Williams Station Day.

Gulf Winds Credit Union are selling raffle tickets of Auburn and Alabama gift baskets. The tickets sell for $1 each or six for $5. The ticket will be chosen on Nov. 4 at the credit union.

After Nov. 4, Gulf Winds Credit Union will be selling raffle tickets on a Thanksgiving basket. The tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Other events are being announced every day. With the help of the community, this should be a successful campaign to help those who suffer from cancer and maybe some day be cured.