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Thursday, March 26, 2009

April 7th Kick-Off Set for Relay For Life of Lawrence County

Lawrenceburg, TN-March 27, 2009 – In 1985, one man who wanted to make a difference in the fight against cancer ran 83 miles in 24 hours. Now 3.5 million Americans, follow in his footsteps by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. To commemorate 25 years of progress towards a cure, Relayers from Lawrence County will demonstrate how their commitment to end cancer brings hope and healing by kicking off the 2009 Relay season on April 7.

Team members from the Relay For Life of Lawrence County will gather at Coleman Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:00 p.m. to officially mark the start of the 2009 Relay season by holding a covered dish meal and kick-off ceremony.  All former Relay team members and volunteers are invited to attend along with anyone interested in forming a team for the 2009 Relay For Life. For more information, please call 242-7032 or 629-7136.

Organizers of the Relay For Life of Lawrence County explain that the event is being held to jumpstart the 2009 Relay For Life, to celebrate loved ones who have battled cancer, remember those lost and to come together to fight back against the disease.  “We encourage anyone who has considered getting involved with Relay For Life to attend our kick-off and find out how to form a team,” said 2009 Co-Chairs Melanie Rosson and Michele Tankersley.

The Relay For Life event of Lawrence County will be held August 8 at Rotary Park and benefits the American Cancer Society in the local community. Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer. Since its inception in 1985, Relay For Life has grown into an international movement to end cancer, with events taking place in 5,000 communities in the U.S. and in 19 other countries. To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you can get involved, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call
1-800-ACS-2345 or visit