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Russell County Relay for Life Raises Nearly $40,000

2013 Relay for Life 1Residents of Russell County made a giant step toward a cure for cancer on June 1, 2013 when they walked throughout the night during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Eleven teams and more than one hundred people came together during this year's Relay to raise in excess of $39,316.33. Money raised during Relay for Life helps fund the American Cancer Society's mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. The Society is the largest nonprofit supporter of new cancer research and the largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer in our country and around the world.

"We appreciate all the support we received from each of the teams, as well as from our sponsors," said Julie Dreher, event chair. "We are especially grateful to the many volunteers and their families for all of their hard work to make this event happen."2013 Relay for Life 2

The Pink Ninjas team was the top fundraising team at the event, raising $5,507.28. The top individual was James Thomson from the Fuschia Fighters team who raised $1,144.30.

Relay for Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy camaraderie while also raising funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants campout and, when they are not taking their turn walking or running, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. Relay for Life also raises awareness about cancer by honoring cancer survivors.

The Relay began at 7 PM Saturday evening at Russell High School's Amos Morris Gym, when cancer survivors and caregivers kicked off the event by walking the first lap. A luminaria ceremony at 9 PM illuminated the entire track as participants lit luminaria candles in memory of those who've lost the battle to cancer and in support for those still fighting the disease.

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