Relay for Life wages all-night fight for a cure
The De Soto Relay for Life will keep the keep the Lexington Trails Middle School track busy throughout the night of June 8.
As a symbol of the refusal to stop fighting until a cure for cancer has been discovered, Relay for Life teams are asked to have one member continue walking throughout the night. This year's event chairman Chris Endicott said the participating teams from throughout the De Soto school district have met that challenge.
"All 13 team captains said they will have people all the way through the event," he said. "I'm really pleased with the community response."
The annual event raises money for the American Cancer Societies Heartland Division. It pays for research, education, advocacy and direct services to cancer patients and their families.
The event will start at 6 p.m., Friday, June 8 and continue until 6 a.m. June 9. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by the candlelight ceremony.
The Relay for Life committee will start getting totals of the fund-raising effort Saturday during the first of two scheduled bank days. Endicott said he hoped to reach this year's goal of $15,000.
"But we're really trying to raise as much as we can," he said. "People can make donations and volunteer to walk until the day of the relay."
Those interested in donating money or walking should call Jodi Hitchcock at 583-1152.