Relay for Life cancer event planned in Newtown

Amos Gonzales
May 19, 2017

Lebanon County's event had over 90 registered teams and raised over $300,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Murrieta May 20 and 21 at Murrieta Mesa High School.

The 2017 Relay for Life will be held on May 27-28 from 3pm Saturday to 9am Sunday at Bill Patterson Oval with the candlelight ceremony held at 7pm Saturday. Our guy, Principal Chisum, is one scrappy competitor. The event is scheduled for next Saturday at Veteran's Park.

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Fitzgerald said 17 people were taken to area hospitals with about 5-10 more people having minor injuries and refusing treatment. In Elk City, a community of about 13,000 people roughly 110 miles west of Oklahoma City, Matt Bynum considers himself lucky.

Young people of Dixon Presbyterian Church, above, painted rocks as a fundraiser for Relay for Life and will display them for donations to fight cancer at Friday's Relay for Life at Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Many people participating in the event have suffered themselves from the insidious disease or some member of their family have suffered cancer and died and all come for the same reason.

Just as dark falls across the stadium, around 9 p.m., the luminaries and lanterns will be lighted - with each flame symbolizing the hope each survivor and cancer patient should have. Last year, Relay for Life events in the United States raised over 279 million dollars.

Almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the USA during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

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