Relay for Life events this weekend

Published 3:19 pm Thursday, April 9, 2009

Several events that will benefit the Marengo County Relay for Life will take place this weekend.

Events taking place this weekend include:

Bake sale, Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital main lobby, Friday, April 10, 9 a.m. until food is gone

Bake sale, Wal-Mart, sponsored by Robertson Banking Company, Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dog show, Wal-Mart parking lot, Saturday April 11, at 11 a.m. Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is by donation to the American Cancer Society or Raly for Life of Marengo County (suggested minimum donation is $10). Awards will include best of show, best trick, longest ears, ugliest dog, sweetest, best dressed, best groomed, most obedient, laziest and friendliest. All dogs must be on a leash. For information, contact Doris Stephens at 289-2385.

Anyone wishing to place information about an event for Relay for Life should call The Demopolis Times at 289-4017 or fax it to 289-4019.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is in its 25th year nationwide as a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society. People form teams to raise money for the ACS, using several different methods to raise the money for months before the event, and even at the event itself.

This season’s Relay for Life is the 10th for Marengo County, with the first such event taking place in the year 2000. The 2009 Relay for Life will take place on Friday, April 24, at River Field in Demopolis, with the survivor dinner being held at 5 p.m. and the opening ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

This year’s motto for Relay for Life is “Celebrating 25 Years of Hope/Show Your Hope.”

Relay for Life is a fund-raising event that celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer, honoring those who have survived cancer and remembering those who have succumbed to it. Some 3.5 million people across the country take part in Relay for Life events each year.

This year, it is estimated that more than 1,500 people each day will die from cancer. More than 1.3 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States.