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April 10, 2012

Charities join forces to fight cancer AND hunger

MOULTRIE — In a classic case of turning lemons into lemonade, Relay for Life is helping another local charity even as it adjusts to an obstacle.

The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held Friday, April 27, and for the first time it’s going to be on the courthouse square, celebrating this year’s theme “Dancin’ in the Streets for Life.”

The new venue, though, has called for an alteration in the Luminary Ceremony. Luminaria are candles placed inside paper bags in honor or memory of someone who battled cancer. Loved ones can purchase them to be placed during the ceremony.

Traditionally, the bottom of the bag has been weighted with sand so it won’t be turned over by wind and possibly catch on fire. However, rules for use of the square prohibit the sand, according to a Relay for Life spokesperson.

So this year, the luminaria will be weighted with canned goods, donated at local grocery stores, and after Saturday the cans of food will be delivered to the Colquitt Food Bank, the source of food for many local families in need.

The decorated purple collection boxes are located at Wal-Mart, Harvey’s, Sav-A-Lot, Winn-Dixie and the Oxley’s stores on South Veterans Parkway and Eighth Avenue Northeast. For more information, contact Beth Rosales or James Phillips at 985-3620.

Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, with the opening ceremony and end with the closing ceremony at 7 the next morning.

Rosales quoted a poem about the length of the relay: “Twelve hours. It can stretch out forever when you’re waiting to hear the report on a biopsy. It can literally evaporate when it’s the last hours spent with a dying loved one. Or, it can bring hundreds of people together in the fight against cancer through Relay For Life!”

The Luminary Ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

“We have a special category of luminaries and torches to honor those family members, friends and caregivers who’ve helped in the battle against cancer,” Rosales said. “Without them, our journeys would have been much harder and for some, it would have been impossible. Just like the luminaries in the past, we ask for a minimum donation of $5. Other donations are $50 for the ‘Flame Of Hope’ gold bag, and $100 for a Torch, In Honor of or In Memory of.”

For Relay For Life information contact Val Bell, Relay for Life chairman, at 229-873-3347 or Tiffany Peterson, co-chairman, at 229-454-6308.

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