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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Relay for Life will take your breath away Saturday

Have you ever been to the local Relay for Life event? It's happening this Saturday for Saline and Milan area teams raising funds for the American Cancer Society. It takes place in Milan. So far, there are 524 participants on 23 teams that have raised over $22,000. Just four days till the relay.

Here's more info: which explains:
Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's signature event, is a fun-filled overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer. At Relay, people from within the community gather to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and to fight back against this disease. Relay participants help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. During Relay For Life events, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. The events are held overnight to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps. Through the survivors' lap and the luminaria ceremony, we honor the people who have faced cancer first hand, and we remember those who have been lost to this disease.

Audrey Barkel, here in Saline, is a two-time cancer survivor and for her team, hosted a dinner to raise funds. They raised over $1,500 by serving 50 pounds of beef brisket.

"You should see the luminaries. It's solemn and magical," she said.

Audrey said that over 100 motorcycles will cruise through Saline early Saturday morning to announce the event.

The event will take place Sept. 13-14 at Wilson Park. If you’re interested in learning more or have questions, please email us at or call 734-971-4300



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