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Local cancer walk honored; Next year’s event is April 19

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By Cindy Simpson

Roane County’s Relay for Life 2012 was recently named an All-American Event by the American Cancer Society.

“I’m very proud. They had their best year ever,” said Kayla Shelby, community representative.

Fran Puckett, last year’s chairwoman, also was touched by the recognition.

“It means a lot for our team. They worked hard. To be as small as we were to do that well — it was great,” Puckett said.

The 2012 Roane County Relay for Life event exceeded its fundraising goal by more than $12,000, with a total earnings of $64,020 to go toward eradicating cancer. That was $14,000 more than in 2011.

The event had nine teams and growth in both participants and survivors.

“The All-American Relay Award is used to recognize exceptional Relay for Life events throughout the nation,” said Shelby in a press release.

“All-American events must meet and excel not only in income, but also National Relay for Life standards, which include showing overall growth, successful development implementation, proper signage and branding usage, linking Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, and reaching out to diverse groups,” Shelby said.

The 2013 Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, to 6 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Roane State Community College.

Those wanting to volunteer or be a team participant can call the American Cancer Society at 556-2568 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/roanetn.

Relay for Life events are all-night festivities that include team members taking turns walking around the track, a candlelight portion in memory of those who lost the battle against cancer, a survivor lap, entertainment and food fundraisers as well as fun activities for young people.

Teams work throughout the year to raise money for the Relay for Life goal.
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest nongovernmental investor in cancer research. It has contributed about $3.4 billion to the cause.