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Relay for Life set for September

Contributed • Updated May 19, 2020 at 8:33 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Annual Relay for Life for Carter and Johnson counties has been set for Sept. 12 at the Covered Bridge Park.

The Relay for Life movement is a part of the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event. Those funds are used to save lives from cancer. Participants from Carter and Johnson counties are being sought join the 2.5 million others from around the world united to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

One past participant said, “I love to help this great cause. The best part of relay is watching the survivors do a lap around the track. Everyone puts their heart and soul into this fundraiser. Thank you for letting us be a part of this.”

The Relay For Life of Carter and Johnson Counties Virtual Kickoff will be held on May 30 on Facebook. Beginning on this day teams can pick up their packets at Betsy Treasures, 547 E. Elk Ave.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, Relay For Life events have raised nearly $6.5 billion to attack cancer. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, such as free rides to chemotherapy treatments, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Last year’s Relay For Life of Carter and Johnson counties raised $26,000.

“Any event that honors cancer victims as well as those currently struggling with it and may lead to a cure someday is a definite ‘yes’ from me,” another past participant said.

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