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Take a break, have some fun at the Relay for Life

Dear Editor:

On the weekend of Aug. 9-10, get your kids away from the video games and yourselves away from the TV or chores, and come out for an hour—or even 24—to a rather remarkable community event taking place at Harrison High School: The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life.  During Relay for Life, teams camp out around the track and team members take turns walking during the event to honor individuals whose lives were lost to cancer and to celebrate cancer survivors while raising money to defeat the horrible disease.

C’mon out during the day and walk the track and take part in one or two of the fun activities many of the teams offer (there are currently 19 teams taking part).  Or stop by after dark, walk the track and view the candle-lit luminarias lining it, many decorated by hand and featuring a photo of a loved one who died from cancer or the name of one who survived the battle.  You can’t help but be moved.

So whether you join a team and take part in the actual relay, or just want to show your support either financially and/or physically, please come.  The recent passing of two young woman in our community from cancer makes this fight all the more important.

Learn more at relayforlife.org. Enter “Clare” in the search box or call (800) 227-2345.

Marty Johnson
Harrison, MI

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