RELAY: Event fights cancer

Volunteers head to Dallas track Aug. 6 to 7



DALLAS -- This weekend's annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life promises to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research and local patient services.

Teams of volunteers will gather at the practice field located next to Gallaspy Field at Dallas High School for the annual overnight relay.

The 24-hour relay runs from noon to noon, Friday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 7.

Rick Bennett, Kathy Zehner and Bob Wheeler chair this year's event.

Relay volunteers are using the practice field while repair work continues on the field next to Gallaspy Field.

The new site represents a cooperative effort between the Dallas School District, Dallas High School, American Cancer Society and the local Relay for Life committee.

"That the district and school administration wanted us to stay and found a way for this to work," said Bennett.

"We appreciate everyone's effort and cooperation. The event will just have a new look this year."

Teams have spent months raising funds for this event along with creating baskets and items for the silent auction.

Community members can come and support the walkers and bid on items at a silent auction. There will be more than 30 different items ranging from gift baskets to individual merchandise.

The silent auction begins at 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, and closes at 9 p.m. People must pick up their baskets that evening.

There will also be a quilt raffle. Angels Accountable Cookbook will also be available along with other items to raise funds. There will also be items for purchase in the Relay Store.

Highlights during the 24-hour Relay for Life include the Survivor's Walk at 6 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6.

Both of these ceremonies honor and recognize of those who continue to battle cancer and those who have lost the battle.

There will be live entertainment throughout the 24-hour Relay for Life (see schedule).

Food vendors will be on site throughout the relay. They are donating part of their profits to the relay.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based volunteer organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy and service.



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