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May 15, 2014

Give cancer ‘the boot’: Suwannee’s Relay for Life is Friday

Live Oak —

The fight against cancer continues as local residents will gather Friday night at the Suwannee High School track for the annual Relay for Life event. This year’s festivities are centered around a country western theme and will kick off Friday evening at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to be giving ‘Cancer the Boot in 2014,’” said Denny Tompkins, Relay for Life event coordinator. “We are excited and expecting a great turn out with lots of fun, entertainment and food.”

According to Tompkins, about $20,000 has been raised thus far for the American Cancer Society and 22 teams have registered for the event. Tompkins said teams that are interested in joining the fight against cancer can register up to the night of the event. 

“You don’t have to be on a team to participate,” she said.

The all-night event will begin at 6 p.m. with an opening of ceremonies, followed by the survivor’s lap. The opening lap will be led by the Suwannee High School drum line.

Following the opening laps, cancer survivors and their caregivers will make their way to a free barbecue chicken dinner. 

The luminaria ceremony will take place at 9 p.m., followed by the midnight glow run at 12 a.m. Guests will enjoy live entertainment on the Relay for Life stage throughout the evening. 

The event will wrap up early Saturday morning at 6 a.m. with the closing ceremony and prayer.

Tompkins encourages anyone wishing to participate or volunteer for the 2014 event, to give her a call at 386-688-3344.

“Put on your cowboy boots and come and help us give cancer the boot,” Tompkins said. 

 

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