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Relay for Life to celebrate birthdays

Posted: February 26, 2013 - 2:08pm

This year’s Relay for Life North Augusta/Midland Valley will be a celebration of birthdays in more than one way.

The event is scheduled for May 10 at North Augusta High School, and the theme is Celebrating 100 Years of Hope.

“The American Cancer Society turns 100 this year. We’re very excited about that,” said Lisa Glass, community manager for the South Atlantic division of the American Cancer Society. “Something we have promoted and shared with the community is that it’s the society’s goal to save 1,000 lives per day. It’s a pretty lofty goal, but we know we can do it.”

The society had a rate of saving 350 lives a day in the United States through the end of 2012. As of earlier this month, that rate has increased to 400 lives a day, said Glass, adding that the society is the “official sponsor of birthdays”.

This year’s Relay for Life North Augusta/Midland Valley event will be a slightly different than in years past. This year, the event will start at 6 p.m. and end a midnight instead of lasting 12 hours overnight.

The excitement the event has been known for won't be lacking, Glass said.

“It’s going to be an action packed six hours,” she said.

This year’s fundraising goal is $35,000. Last year, the local event raised about $33,000.

Over the next few months, teams and individuals will host fundraisers to help raise money. Purple bows and luminaries will be sold at the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce office for the Paint the Town Purple campaign.

Several teams have already signed up and others in the community are encouraged to get involved as well.

“Teams range from churches to families and friends to schools,” she said. “We want to invite everyone to participate. I have not met anyone who has not been personally affected by cancer, whether it’s a family member or a close friend.”

Go to www.relayforlife.org/namvsc to register.

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