Relay rolls tonight at Joe Brigance

relay logoHOUSTON – Cancer touches everybody's lives.
The American Cancer Society estimates one-in-four people will be diagnosed with some type of cancer during their lifetime and Chickasaw County Relay for Life is asking the community to come to Joe Brignance Park Friday night and help them bring that number down.If you have not been touched personally by cancer, you know someone who has,” said Jean Dendy, 2014 Relay for Life Team Committee Chairman. “The reason we raise money with Relay is to fund research to find a cure for cancer.”
Dendy said every dollar raised at Relay goes to research, treatment and educating people about how to fight cancer.
The Chickasaw County Relay for Life opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday with survivor registration beginning at 4:45 p.m. at a special tent to be set up in Joe Brigance. The Victory Lap for survivors of cancer and their families starts at 6:30 sharp.One of the things new this year will be a special laps for our emergency services personnel, the military and elected officials,” said Dendy. “We want to recognize police, firemen, EMTs, anyone in the military or anyone who has family actively serving in the military. We also want our elected officials to come out and do a lap with us.”
And of course there will be local teams walking the track for Relay.Members of each team will get pledges for each lap they do at Relay,” said Dendy. “Everybody can give something.And don't cook supper Friday night, because each team will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and home-baked goods,” said Dendy. “And every penny raised goes to fight cancer.”
The 2014 Chickasaw County Relay for Life teams are:

Houston First United Methodist ChurchChickasaw County Sheriff’s DepartmentCity of HoustonOur Team: Survivors and SupportersHouston TeachersRegions BankThe B Team (Bethlehem Church)Walmart No. 411

Rick Huffman, Specialist for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society said this year's Relay teams include folks from Woodland, Houlka, Okolona.  Most of the teams have participated in Relay for several years and have always helped to make it a real success.There will be some excellent entertainment for the whole family,” said Huffman. “A real crowd pleaser, the Legends of the Blues, will be back this year and so will Ashley Tutor.”
One of the highlights of Relay is the Luminaria Ceremony and Huffman said the community does not want to miss this event that starts at about 9 p.m.White bags line the walking track and each one is placed there in memory-of or in honor-of someone who has been a cancer victim,” said Huffman. “Each bag is inscribed with the name of the person who is being honored or remembered, a candle inside each bag is lit by the local Boy Scout group, all lighting is turned off and each name is read aloud.  It's a touching and memorable service.”
Anyone who'd like to put a Luminaria on the track can call Linda Hicks at 456-3411. 
For Survivor recognition or to sign-up for the survivor lap, or to recognize a caregiver, contact Betty Brown or Jean Dendy.Relay for Life is all about people,” said Huffman. “Everyone should come to Relay, share some food, some fun, share some hugs, maybe some tears.  Help us all help each other by being there and being a part of the great experience called Relay for Life in Houston.”

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