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Cancer survivors to be honored at Relay

They are role models and sources of inspiration.  That’s why the American Cancer Society is inviting all area cancer survivors to participate in the Relay For Life Survivor’s Celebration on Friday, May 5th starting at 5:30 PMat Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge.  All cancer survivors in attendance will be announced by name as they receive a “medal of recognition” to acknowledge their strength and courageous battle in the fight against cancer.  They will then join together to walk the “Victory Lap” along the waterside walking trail.  To participate, cancer survivors are encouraged to register on-line to be eligible for the 2016 event t-shirt.  Please go to www.relayforlife.org/andersontn and follow the directions to sign up as a cancer survivor.  Paper registration forms are also available at Clinton Physical Therapy Center.

The public is encouraged to attend opening ceremonies and festivities throughout the evening.  There will be entertainment, bands performing, kid’s activities, car show and plenty of food.  A live auction will occur at 7:00 PM and the luminaria ceremony will be at 9:30 PM.  In addition, this year there will be a Twilight 5K run or walk at 8:00 PM.  The public is invited to participate in the 5K run/walk by going to www.runsignup.com and type in Anderson County Twilight to get to the event page.

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s national signature activity, is a team event that brings the community together to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, remember those who lost their fight to the disease and celebrate the victories of all cancer survivors.   There is still plenty of room for more teams to register and participate.  This is a great way to rally around your family member who is battling cancer or who has won their fight against cancer.

Cancer survivors are invited to share their courage with the community and kick off this community event. “When you see the faces of the survivors and the unbelievable courage and heroism that they possess, it is truly amazing.  You are motivated to fight back and continue battling this horrible disease,” said Kathy Clay, cancer survivor and Relay For Life supporter.

For more information about Relay For Life, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.  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 diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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