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Polk County set to kick-off 8th Annual Relay For Life
Polk County Enterprise - October 2008
LIVINGSTON – The eighth annual Relay For Life will kick-off Oct. 10 amid plans for another record-breaking year. The kickoff Rally will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at First National Bank’s new building at 2121 U.S. Hwy 190. The Rally will coincide with the Fight Back Express bus tour’s visit to Livingston as it makes its way to Washington, DC in time for Election Day. (See story, Page 1A) The event includes gifts for all in attendance and the opportunity to learn more about ACS, Relay For Life, and sign up as a team, individual, survivor or caregiver. Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at the Trade Days area of Pedigo Park and take turns walking or running laps.
Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Relay is a vibrant celebration centered around cancer survivors’ and the solemn remembrance of those lost. Throughout the night there is so much food and so many activities that it’s hard to decide what to eat, watch or do. There’s the ever popular buddy boards race, The Ellen Show, the frozen t-shirt contest, video games, the kazoo lap, dance lessons, Simon Sez and more. In addition to all the fun and festivities Relay has a serious side that focuses on raising money to fund research, provide education and services to people fighting cancer, offer support and guidance to family members and loved ones and to advocate on behalf of cancer victims before state and national legislative bodies. Last year’s event on May 2-3, 2008 brought in funds in excess of $300,000.
The Polk County event is the top per capita event – raising $6.09 per person – in the 52-event East Texas region and in the 711-event, sixstate High Plains Division. A large portion of the money that is raised at events in Texas stays right here to fund research and treatment at places like M.D. Anderson. It also funds services like 800- ACS-2345 the toll-free number with operators available 24 hours a day to answer questions about cancer, mail out literature and educational materials to the newly diagnosed, or simply to lend a compassionate ear in the middle of a long dark night.