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American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Oklahoma City set for Saturday

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Sammy Stanley | 18 June, 2017, 01:22

If you know anyone who's overcome cancer, feel free to invite them to join. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Sixteen teams and a total of 196 participants have signed up for this year's relay.

The members of Team #Hope, also Middlebrook sixth graders, were participating in Relay for Life for the first time.

"I've worked in cancer and chemotherapy for nearly 20 years, and I'm happy to say that we're seeing some successes, we're seeing a lot more survivors and treatments that work", she said.

Relay for Life celebrates survivors' victory over cancer and remembers those who lost their battles against the disease, while raising money for the American Cancer Society.

This June 9, the annual Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life arrives, with a kickoff at 6 p.m.

Participants of all ages are invited to design a vehicle that they can walk around the track in - wearing it, holding it up, or for younger participants, attaching it to a stroller or wagon.

"Anybody is welcome to come". Both survivors are now in remission, and the one who had brain cancer has since had two healthy children.

The slogan this year for the relay in Mount Forest is "finish the fight".

"When they walk, they have a goal".

Following the release of dozens of purple balloons, the survivors will be honored and applauded by their fellow participants as they make their way around the stadium.

For information, email Haynes at Julieh23relayforlife@yahoo.com.

Individuals and teams camped out from 6:00 p.m. Friday to noon the following day at the Kelsey Dock Parking lot to support the overnight walk-a-thon.

As of Tuesday they had raised $23,618, which is down from previous years heading into the relay, the major fundraiser of the year.

The spirits of those at this year's event were just as strong as when there were many participating, she explained.

"This year, the teams had their own fundraisers". Each walker pledges to raise $2,620. The relay is one of more than 3,500 expected to take place nationwide this year, said Chrissy Schifkovitz, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society.

McCarthy says anyone can be part of the relay. Wilhoit encourages the community to not only help raise funds for an important cause, but to also show support for what locals have been through.

For information contact McCarthy at 508-897-4323 or kate.mccarthy@cancer.org.

"But we still have a steady group of volunteers and we are just hoping to bring more people in", Zabala said.

Carson City Administrator Jean Southward tells her story of overcoming breast cancer during the inaugural Relay for Life of Carson City-Crystal event Friday evening at Community Field in Carson City.

Overall, Relay for Life of Valdez raised over $21,000. Since 2010, the relay has raised $560,000. "We are helping to find a cure so no one will ever have to hear the words 'you have cancer'". "We will donate the cans to the Arnold Food Pantry after the event".

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