Relay for Life campaign heads into stretch

Published 4:00 am Thursday, April 9, 2015

The countdown to the 2015 Pike County Relay for Life campaign has begun. The Relay for Life culminating event will be May 1 at the Troy Sportsplex with all Relay teams participating.

Joy Brigham, community manager, Relay for Life Mid-South Division, American Cancer Society, said the Relay for Life teams are shifting into high gear for the final month of fundraising activities and events.

“The theme for this year’s Relay for Life campaign is ‘Give Cancer the Boot,’” Brigham said. “In an effort to bring greater awareness to the ACS’ programs and services related to cancer prevention, we will have several informational/educational tents set up at Relay night May 1. To encourage people to stop and learn more about cancer prevention, cards will be available to be signed and stamped at each tent visited. Those cards will be entered into a drawing for two Southwest Airline tickets. The drawing for the free airline tickets will be held at Relay.”

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Ken Cox Ford in Troy is sponsoring a 50-50 raffle and tickets are available at Ken Cox Ford. The drawing for the raffle will be on April 23.

April 24 has been designated as Paint the Town Purple Day and all businesses and homeowners are encouraged to purchase purple ribbons to be display on that day. Purple is the official color of the ACS Relay for Life campaign. Ribbons may be purchased by calling 334-790-0372.

“There will be a telethon on the Mike Amos’ show, Today in LA, on April 27 and that should attract a lot of interest and be a lot of fun,” Brigham said.

The annual Survivors’ Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. April 28 in the Park Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center. All cancer survivors are invited to attend along with their caregiver. Reservations for the dinner may be made by calling Ashton Cravens at 334-482-4499.