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Race to benefit cancer center

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 The Team Captain Kick-off for the 20th annual BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer to benefit Thompson Cancer Survival Center will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike.  

The kick-off event presents an early opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to set-up their teams and kick-start their fundraising efforts for this year’s BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer.  The fundraising goal for 2013 is $475,000, with 6,000 registered participants.

Funds raised through the Race will provide prostate, skin, colon and cervical cancer screenings and mammography in 18 counties across our region.

“Seven years ago, our lives were changed when my wife Lisa was diagnosed with cancer,” says Race Co-Chair John McDevitt.  “Her doctors are amazed that she has beaten the odds and the obstacles that have seemed to work against her.  Miracles do happen!  So, we ask you to team up and join us on our journey to the finish line.”

For more information about the race or to register a team, call (865)374-8272 or visit www.buddysrace.org.