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Relay for life set for Friday at Green Brook Park
Fourteenth annual event in Smithville
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The fourteenth annual DeKalb County Relay for Life event will begin on Friday, June 3, at Greenbrook Park and will conclude early on Saturday morning, June 4.Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature evenIt is a fun-filled overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer.The theme of this year's event is "Together We Fight....Together We Win". On the schedule for the rlay this year, at 5 p.m. Dessa Ray will speak, and at 5:15 p.m. Larry Briggs will address the assembly.At 5:30 p.m. the New West Point Singers will entertain.At 5:45 p.m. Kathy Goodwin will speak.Presentation of the Colors by Boy Scout Troop #347, the National Anthem by Suzanne Slager, and an invocation by Michael Farr, Pastor of the Smithville Church of God are scheduled to take place at 5:55 p.m. The opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. with welcoming remarks by Barbara Ashford, the introduction of cancer survivors, a song honoring cancer survivors by Bonnie Rigsby and Shelley Cross, and a prayer for cancer survivors by B.J. Thomason, Pastor of Calvary Baptist ChurchCancer survivors will then take thier first lap around the parkAt 6:45 p.m. the Presbyterian Praise Group will entertain, at 7 p.m. the Page Family will sing, at 7:15 p.m. the Gather Round Boys will take the stage, and at 7:30 p.m.the Church of God Youth Group will be in the spotlight.Olivia Wright will perform at 7:45 p.m., Tina Boston at 8: p.m., Fluty & the Flutones at 8:15, New Life Pentecostal Praise Group at 8:30, and at 8:45 Kevin Roberts will be on stage.A Luminaria Ceremony will start at 9:00 p.m., including a prayer by Dan Gulley, Minister of the Smithville Church of Christ.At 9:15 p.m.: Clata Redmon will take the microphone, followed by Barbara and Hannah Green at 9:30.At 9:45 p.m. the Elizabeth Chapel Youth Drama Team will perform,and the Cumberland Presbyterian Youth Drama Team will entertain at 10:00.At 10:15 p.m.: 61 Seconds is scheduled to perform,and team activities will begin at midnight.Announcers for the program will be Wendell Judkins and George Taylor.People from within the community gather at Relay For Life to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and to fight back against this disease.Participants help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue.During Relay For Life events, teams of people gather and take turns walking or running laps.The events are held overnight to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps.Through the survivors' lap and the Luminaria Ceremony, the people who have faced cancer first hand are honored, and those who have been lost to this disease are remembered.Relay isn't only about taking laps around the park and being entertained.The event is about coming together in the fight against cancer.It's a time to remember those lost to this disease and celebrate those who have survived.It's a place where people connect with others, share the cancer experience, and find comfort and solace, and it's an opportunity to build hope for a future where cancer no longer threatens the lives of the people we love.As volunteers and donors, your efforts support the research, education, advocacy, and services that allow the American Cancer Society to offer help and hope to people across the country when they need it most.By joining together at Relay, we celebrate life, friendship, and an opportunity to work to defeat cancer for future generations.In 2010 in DeKalb County, the American Cancer Society provided 33 people with 92 patient services.Twenty five nights of lodging were also provided at the Nashville Hope Lodge along with fuel for 155 trips to treatment through the Transportation Grant Program.Dozens of teams, volunteers, community leaders, and citizens will enjoy the annual Relay for Life event.Planning for the Relay is a year round event, and the organizers hope that you will enjoy what they have in store for you.Relay is the largest community event held in DeKalb County. Please join in for this special night and have lots of fun helping raise money.