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Relay for Life paints the town purple to raise awareness, funds for cancer


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RELAYING THE MESSAGE: This Saturday is the second annual Klickitat County Relay for Life, and last year's turnout could be surpassed.

Klickitat County is once again fighting back against cancer by sponsoring its second annual Relay For Life at the Goldendale High School track this Saturday, Sep. 6. This American Cancer Society overnight event raises funds and awareness while serving as a celebration for cancer survivors, a memorial for loved ones lost, and a rally of the community to take up the fight.

The Klickitat County Relay For Life is a free event open to the public. Spectators are welcome and volunteers and donations are always appreciated. One way for the community to help is to continue to paint the town purple in preparation for the event. Purple ribbons represent all types of cancer. Hanging purple ribbons at homes and businesses will show community support and draw attention to the fight. Wearing purple to work or school in the days leading up to the relay will also keep the fight against cancer at the forefront of our attention.

Nineteen teams, 300 individuals, and approximately 40 cancer survivors have signed up to participate in the upcoming Klickitat County Relay for Life. Through various fundraising efforts this year, these individuals and teams have already raised more than $17,000 to help fund the American Cancer Society's research, prevention, advocacy, and patient services programs.

Map of Relay for Life event scheduled September 6

The event begins Saturday evening with a high-energy opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Cancer survivors will be honored and walk the first lap at 6 p.m., followed by caregivers, and then the teams. Throughout the night, each team will have one or more Relayers walking the track. There will be food, beads for counting laps walked, and other fundraiser items for sale by various teams. This year's theme is "Lights! Camera! Take Action!" Each hour of Relay has a movie-based theme with related activities and entertainment. The highlight of the event is the luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m., where the lights are dimmed to spotlight decorated paper bags lining the track in honor of cancer survivors and their caregivers as well as those lost to the disease. The event ends with closing ceremonies at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Cancer never sleeps. It does not discriminate and no one is immune. Cancer can strike any family, in any community, at any time. On any given day in the United States more than 4,400 people will hear the devastating words, "You have cancer," and more than 1,500 American families will lose a loved one to the disease. The American Cancer Society works to create a world with less cancer, and on any given day, 14 million cancer survivors enjoy rewarding, productive lives.

To sign up as a survivor or volunteer, to donate, or for more information on Relay For Life, contact event chair Kathy Dollarhyde at 250-0005 or visit


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