Relay for Life builds up to event

By Joseph McCain Winston County Journal

Winston County Relay for Life event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society is working hard to prepare for the June 8 event. In preparation, the next team meeting is set for April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Winston Medical Center. Relay is seeking more businesses, churches, civic and service clubs, families and individuals to join in the Relay for Life by sponsoring a team to walk in the Relay or by sponsoring a community event and fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Team captains, team members and other interested people are invited to a Relay team meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the Winston Medical Center cafeteria. Representatives from all Relay teams have been invited and new teams are encouraged to get involved. A team can be anything from a small group of friends to a huge group of co-workers. The goal for each team member is to raise $100. Team participation ranges from simply participating in the walking event to arranging fundraising events for the team. All team captains are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Relay for Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around a track and take part in fun activities off the track. The Winston County event will feature a Survivors’ Lap, a Caregivers’ Lap, competitions, entertainment, music and lots of food. A Luminaria Ceremony will be held to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who lost their battles with the disease. Everyone interested in fighting cancer by raising money for the American Cancer society is invited to the Relay for Life meeting and to the annual Relay event. This year’s event will be held Friday, June 8 at the Columbus Street in front of Citizen’s Bank. There are currently 10 teams registered, and those numbers are growing. Teams and persons may register at www.relayforlife.org/winstonms. American Cancer Representative Lauren Jeffreys, noted that Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. For more information on the upcoming event or fundraisers, contact Brandi Krajewski at (662)779-5111 or visit www.relayforlife.org/ winstonms Other Details Those who would like to purchase a luminaria in honor of or in memory of someone should contact Penny Crowson at Penny’s from Heaven. One may purchase a luminaria any time between now and the night of Relay. Future dates to mark on calendar for Relay: April 19, 2012 May 17, 2012 Bank Night: May 24, 2012 Relay for Life: June 8, 2012.