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Friday, May 1, 2009

Local Relay for Life Gets Bigger, and Bigger, and Bigger…

Large turnout at Citizens Lodge Park is support of ongoing fight against killer cancer
By Sid Riley

"You have Cancer!!" Those are diagnostic words which send shivers of fear into the soul of thousands of victims and their loving families every year. At one time it was a prelude to almost certain death.
However, due to millions of well intended and well used dollars spent on research over the past few decades, survival rates for almost every form of cancer have greatly improved. It is the work of organizations and fund raising events such as the "Relay for Life" which have helped make these survivor rate improvements a reality.
Led by local organizations such as Chipola Area Board of Realtors, under the project team name "Ragin Cajun’s", the local "Central Jackson County Relay for Life" event has become a growing, wonderful event for the Jackson County community. This year there were forty-two fund raising teams enrolled in the event, with twenty-eight of those actually setting up team displays, musical entertainment, lots of food, novelties, a drawing for a diamond sponsored by Smith and Smith Jewelers, a steak dinner for all cancer survivors and immediate family provided by Royal American Management, lots of educational materials, and a tremendous outpouring of support for the cancer fighting effort.
Laina Jackson, of Connors Realty, who was one of the organizing committee participants, states that this year’s event surpassed all previous local Relay for Life events by a huge margin. On Saturday morning the total monies raised had already exceeded a whopping $62,000, and they were still counting! A wrap-up meeting will be held at the Jackson Hospital cafeteria on May 5, to present the final achievements to the organizers, and give special recognitions to these hard working volunteers.

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