Cancer survivor thanks Relay for Life

One addition to Friday's festivities will be the balloon release, which is scheduled to take place around 8 p.m. Participants can attach a person's name to the balloon, either honoring their passing or a cancer survivor.

"We're trying to bring in more people to attend who normally wouldn't and help educate them while they're there about what the American Cancer Society does", she said.

Valdosta State University hopes to raise $25,000 for the American Cancer Society during its movie-themed 2017 Relay for Life, which kicks off 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, on the main campus front lawn.

To all cancer survivors - We want to remind you that we have another event planned for Saturday, June 24, at Old Mill Park in Savanna, when the Relay for Life Event - Survivor Victory Lap will be held.

"It's an opportunity for everybody, from all walks of life at this university, to come to one place for a set amount of time and talk about it", Doolittle says.

Gather your family, friends, co-workers, form a team and join this years Relay. "By talking about them, this helps us grow as a community".

This will be the 20 Relay for Life Event in Beatrice.

Relay for Life events also hold a Luminaria ceremony, which remembers those who have died from cancer. More information on charity events hosted by the Mark Shaw Agency in the past is available on the firm's Community Causes roster: http://www.markshawagency.com/community-cause. And, we need things like the Relay For Life to help make it 3 out of 3 as early as possible. The Road to Recovery program provides free rides to and from treatments for cancer patients who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. "Some may be surprised I'm on stage sharing my story, but my friends and sorority sisters may not have known the impact that cancer has had on my family".

Vanessa Coleman

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