Changes in store for Shelby County Relay

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Event steps off at midday Saturday

By Sharon Warner

2012 Relay of Life
Walkathon to rains money for the American Cancer Society fundraiser
noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday
Shelby County High School
Teams from organizations that walk to raise money
More information:



This year the Shelby County Relay for Life will have a new structure, beginning at noon Saturday and continuing through 6 a.m. Sunday at Shelby County High School.

This signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society began in 1985 to celebrate survivorship and raise funds for and awareness of the fight against cancer. In 2004 Shelby County raised $56,075, and donations grew to $73,000 last year.

Teams of people from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools and service organizations camp out at the local high school. Throughout the night, team members take turns walking on the track and each participant is encouraged to raise at least $100 for the American Cancer Society.

The survivor lap gets the walking started after the ceremony at noon on Saturday. At 9:30 there will be a luminaria ceremony at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to honor the memory of cancer patients. They will ring the track and remain lit through the remainder of the event.

Luminaria may be purchased at relayforlife.org/shelbyky. For more information, call Carla Smith at 747-8363.

Suggested items to bring to the event are a cooler for non-alcoholic beverages, food for Saturday night and Sunday morning, tent, pillows, sleeping bags/blankets, toothbrush and toothpaste, extra socks, running/walking shoes, games to play at your campsite, lawn chairs, cameras, sweatshirts/jackets, tissues and umbrellas/rain gear.

For more information, contact Karen Rice at 647-7389 or capturethememory@aol.com or visit www.relayforlife.org/relay/survivors.