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Stories Added - March 2009
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Relay for Life nears
Houston County Courier -  March 2009

Team Events are announced
Relay for Life will be held Friday-Saturday, April 24-25 from 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. at Crockett Bulldog Stadium. 
Teams can begin setting up at 12 p.m. on Friday.
It's not too late to have a team, to get a team packet contact Amanda Pugh at 222-2767 or 545- 4508.
To purchase Luminarias, in honor of or in memory of someone who is fighting or has fought the battle with cancer, contact Amanda Pugh at 222-2767 or 545-4508.
All cancer survivors and their caregivers are urged to preregister with Marla Campbell at 544-2089. 
Cancer Survivors will begin the relay at 6 p.m. with the Survivor Lap,  following that they will be treated to dinner catered by Don Rafas Restaurant.
Entertainment this year is being coordinated by Charlie Bobbitt, if you would like to participate contact him at 544-2171. 
All teams are selling sponsorships this year, contact any Relay for Life team member or contact Norma Lane at Lovelady State Bank, 636-7337 for more information.  Sponsorships start at $100.
For any other questions regarding Relay for Life contact Amanda Mask at 544-2225 or Marla Campbell at 544-2089.

Upcoming Team Events

ETMC Hearts of Hope
The team will hold several fundraisers including the following:
Lady’s Night Out Bunko Tuesday, March 17 at Don Rafas 6-9 p.m. $20 per person.
 Olan Mills Portrait Studios on April 3, 3-9 p.m. and on April 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the ETMC Business Office Annex. The $10 certificate offers various options. Appointments are preferred.
Easter bake sale at ETMC front lobby admissions on Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. until all goodies are gone.
Call B.J. Krenek at 545-4562 for additional information.

Bahama Mamas

The team will hold a crawfish boil and auction on Saturday, April 4 at Lovelady Old Gym at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, children under 12 are $10.
Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.
For more information call Norma Lane at 636-7337.

CNB Racers

Starting Friday, March 20 there will be three beautiful baskets in the Citizen's National Bank lobby for a drawing. 
One is an Arbonne Spa Basket, one a Spring/Gardening Basket and a Family Entertainment Basket.
Everyone is encouraged to sign up for all three.
There are wonderful long-lasting fragrant candles for sale also in the lobby for $8 each or 2 for $15.
Then on Saturday, April 18 the team will have a Crawfish Boil in the parking lot of Citizen's National Bank.
Featuring crawfish, corn, potatoes and a drink.  What a meal
For additional information call Sherry Whatley team captain at 544-9661.


Help Shed Light on the Fight
By Mandy Pugh
Luminaria Chairman

For many, Relay is the one time during the year they can join together and find healing from their cancer experience. 
One of the most poignant moments of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is the Luminaria Ceremony.
This candle lighting ceremony is a way to honor survivors and those who have lost the battle to cancer. 
Whether it has been as a cancer patient, survivor, caregiver, friend, loved one, or concerned community member, the cancer journey takes an emotional and physical toll.
Providing for a time of emotional healing is important. 
During the Luminaria Ceremony, the stadium lights are turned off and loved ones are honored.  The only lights will be the lit luminaria that line the track, symbolically lighting the way to find a cure for cancer.
The Luminaria Ceremony is open to the public, which gives the opportunity for more people to become involved with Relay for Life.
The Luminaria Ceremony is an opportunity for us to all come together and remember why we’re here at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. 
This is a time for us to grieve for those we’ve lost. It’s a time for us to reflect on how the disease has touched each of us personally.
And it’s a time for us to look inside ourselves with quiet reflection and to find hope. No matter what our experience with cancer has been, we all share the hope that we will one day live in a world where our children, and their children, will never have to hear the words “you have cancer.” 
The luminarias represent people, each with a name and a story to tell. They are our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers, our sons, our daughters, our friends, and our loved ones.
We love these people, we remember them, we celebrate them, and we fight back against this disease for them. As the luminaria glow through the night, they represent our shared vision for a cancer-free future.
Twenty-five years ago a man had a vision. His vision was not unlike the one many of you have. His vision was of a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer – a world where no one would again hear the words “you have cancer.”
And as this man circled the track in darkness, a flicker of light appeared in the distance.
The light was from a field of brilliant luminaria, each one representing a name, a face, a smile, and a treasured memory.
Each flickering light beckoned the man and his journey to go on and his vision – our vision – to become a reality.
If you share in this vision, purchase a luminaria today.  I am also asking for photographs of survivors or loved one that lost their lives to this terrible disease. 
The minimum donation per luminaria is $5. 
For additional information contact Mandy Pugh at 222-1767 or email mandypugh_03@yahoo.com





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