Relay For Life sets Oct. 11 kickoff

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 09:00 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Relay For Life kickoff is 6-7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Foxwood Country Club, 4927 Antioch Road, Crestview. The 2013 Relay For Life in Crestview is April 26 and 27 at Old Spanish Trail Park on Stillwell Boulevard.

For more information, call the area American Cancer Society office at 244-3813.

Last year, Crestview Relay ranked No. 24 out of 350 such events in Florida. Proceeds help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of eliminating cancer as a major health concern. At Relay, people who have walked alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find healing. Participants fight back against cancer because they want to put an end to the disease.

In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take turns walking the track throughout the day and night. For those not walking, there is constant action to keep everyone busy. The event will include entertainment, food and games along with ceremonies and inspirational stories.

At each event, attendees celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer via the Survivor's Lap and survivor recognition. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight. The event's Luminaria ceremony is a way to remember loved ones lost to the disease, and honor those who have survived and are currently battling it. Relay helps individuals make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and helping those with cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

For information about cancer, call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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