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Relay For Life event Friday in Cameron

Survivors’ lap starts at 6 p.m.; luminaria ceremony set at 9

Marking a more than a decade of raising money for the American Cancer Society, the 11th annual Relay For Life of Milam County will be held starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Cameron ISD’s Oxsheer Smith Athletic Complex, next to Cameron Junior High. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Seasons of Survival.”

The all-night, family-friendly, fund-raising event was held in Rockdale last year after having been in Cameron the year prior to that.

Relay For Life is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants from all walks of life—including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, faith-based groups and community volunteers— to join together to fight cancer, said event chair Tiffany Parker.

Relay is the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) signature activity and it offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate. Teams of people will camp out at the track complex and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 12-hour event.


The annual Relay For Life survivors dinner was held Betty Nink, Loretta Greene, Candelario Jimenez; third row, Lova Davis, Monday in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church Beverly Ramsey, Cathy Ormsby, Geraldine Biar; fourth row, Pam Pruett, in Rockdale. Survivors attending were: Front row (L-R) Tiffany Parker, JoAnn Lambright, Betty Backhaus, James Larson, Collier Perry; back Karen Eckert, Shirley Leopold, Olivia Taylor, Janice Dunsmoor, Emily row, Bill Avrett, Vermel Bland, Cecil Hicks, Bill Galbreath. A survivors Hinojosa, Tammy Storey, Jennifer Mueck; second row, Terry Blackmon, lap will preceed Friday’s event in Cameron. The annual Relay For Life survivors dinner was held Betty Nink, Loretta Greene, Candelario Jimenez; third row, Lova Davis, Monday in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church Beverly Ramsey, Cathy Ormsby, Geraldine Biar; fourth row, Pam Pruett, in Rockdale. Survivors attending were: Front row (L-R) Tiffany Parker, JoAnn Lambright, Betty Backhaus, James Larson, Collier Perry; back Karen Eckert, Shirley Leopold, Olivia Taylor, Janice Dunsmoor, Emily row, Bill Avrett, Vermel Bland, Cecil Hicks, Bill Galbreath. A survivors Hinojosa, Tammy Storey, Jennifer Mueck; second row, Terry Blackmon, lap will preceed Friday’s event in Cameron. In the past 10 years the event has raised over $463,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy and service.

Parker said at least 10 teams have signed up for the event.

SURVIVORS LAP— Opening ceremonies will get under way at 6 p. m. with a cancer survivors’ lap, followed by a caregivers lap and an all teams lap. The luminaria ceremony is set to begin at 9 p.m.

Eric Terry will entertain at 10 p.m. with local Christian rock band Fireproof performing at 11 p.m. Awards, closing ceremonies and a prayer service will start at 5 a.m., Parker said.

Other activities: Silent auction, 7-10 p.m.; “Cancer Curin’ Call:, 1 a.m.; “Miss-ter Relay” contest, 2:30 a.m.

Throughout the night the teams will have different activities to keep the kids and other team members busy, Parker said. Concessions and different booths are planned as well.

LUMINARIAS—Luminarias and commemorative angels will be on sale at the track from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

“Luminarias line the inside of the track and angels line the outside,” Parker said.

For more information, contact milamcountyrelay@gmail.com, or any Relay For Life team member.


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