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Tyler County walks for life

By Staff | Jun 23, 2010

Participants walk the track in scenes from past Tyler County Relay for Life events.

For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. By taking what we’ve learned through research and turning it into what we do, we have contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. That means that we helped avoid about 650,000 cancer deaths and created the potential for more birthday celebrations. Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year.

This Friday teams from all over will gather on the track at Tyler Consolidated High School from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. to participate in the Annual Tyler County Relay for Life.

Those looking for an inexpensive way for family to have fun as the weather gets warmer can join the worldwide movement to end cancer at the same time. Instead of taking a “vacation”, attend an American Cancer Society Relay For Life and have a “stay-cation”.

The Relay For Life event is a great place to enjoy family fun. There is always an abundance of food choices, free entertainment, and activities for children. Proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society and our mission to help people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. Instead of traveling to a pricey vacation destination, your night out to the local Relay For Life event will be inexpensive and help our cause to end cancer at the same time.

Some of the Fundraisers the teams are doing during the event include: A full concession stand anda raffle courtesy of Union Bank; Meatball Hoagies,bracelets and temporary tattoos courtesy of Indian Creek Southern Baptist Church;Pulled Pork Sandwiches and games courtesy of the Purple Misfits; Rubber Ducky Pond, Glow necklaces, and fruit cups courtesy of Sistersville First Baptist Church; and The Star Brites (LaZear’s Chapel Methodist Church and Sistersville Methodist Church) will be selling Homemade Cards and decorating quilt squares in memory/honor of a cancer patient.

Participants walk the track in scenes from past Tyler County Relay for Life events.

Other activities have been slated every hour during the event including a frozen t-shirt contest, relay races, water balloon toss, egg toss, a coloring contestand ascavenger hunt.

Interested parties can buy luminarias at the event and those purchasing the bags will be able to decorate their own luminaria bag, if they wish.

The American Cancer Society recognizes that everyone has been touched in some way by cancer. When you attend this family-friendly event, you will also see how we celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost to cancer, and honor those who are battling cancer. We also strive to educate individuals about how to prevent cancer and detect it early.

The community is joining together and making a commitment to fight back against a disease that takes so much.

Please be a part of this special event where fun, family and fighting cancer are all part of a great evening.

For more information about the local Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org.