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Relay for Life to be held May 29

By Staff | May 26, 2010

In 1985, one man who wanted to make a difference in the fight against cancer ran 83 miles in 24 hours. Now 3.5 million Americans, follow in his footsteps by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. To commemorate this event, Relayers from Tyler County will demonstrate how their commitment to end cancer brings hope and healing by “Painting the Town Purple” on May 29, 2010, in Middlebourne and Sistersville.

Because so many residents of Tyler County have faced cancer, volunteers from the Relay For Life of Tyler County will be hanging purple ribbons and decorating store fronts around the towns to honor and remember those who have fought the battle against cancer.

“So many people have been affected by cancer, and Relay for Life brings us all together to fight for a cure.” Toni VanCamp, Relay for Life chairperson.

Relay For Life of Tyler County is held every year as a way to celebrate loved ones who have battled cancer, remember those lost and to come together to fight back against the disease.

“Being a part of Relay For Life means showing the world that there is hope after cancer.” says Relay For Life Co-chair, Patty Henthorn.

Relay For Life of Tyler County benefits the American Cancer Society in the local community. Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

Since its inception in 1985, Relay For Life has grown into an international movement to end cancer, with events taking place in 5,000 communities in the U.S. and in 19 other countries. More than $3 billion has been raised for the fight against cancer. To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you can get involved, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.RelayForLife.org.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

To get involved contact Toni VanCamp at 304-771-2506 or Patty Henthorn at 304-771-0771