Thursday, May 14, 2009

Relay For Life

Melissa Chambers, the former Miss North Carolina International, will be speaking at the Relay For Life event in Weaverville, NC on May 15, 2009. Melissa has been an advocate for cancer research speaking at many events throughout North Carolina. Melissa is an enthusiastic motivational speaker and has touched many lives through her platform “Dare to Dream”. We are likely to hear a more emotionally charged delivery from Melissa at this event seeing as her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

What is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. The relay is an overnight event where people will continue to walk for 24 hours. The event will be raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. The funds raised at Relay save lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and life-affirming patient services. It is because of the involvement that lives are saved, people are supported, and those affected are empowered.

Relay For Life brings together more than 3.5 million people to:
• Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
• Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
• Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Relay is a moving celebration of cancer survivorship. The event begins with a Survivors Lap in which cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track. A candlelight ceremony is held later in the evening to honor cancer survivors and remember those who we’ve lost to this disease.

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