The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a unique fundraising event that runs mostly on enthusiasm. Its advocates say, with each step the walkers take, the closer we all get to eliminating cancer.
"When I was first a volunteer we said, one out of four cancer patients could be saved," said volunteer, Betty Lou Jones of Meridian. "Now three out of four can be saved. Not only the treatment is easier. The quality of life is so much better."
The funding for research is what makes the hope for a cure possible.
The volume of awards bestowed at the Mississippi Relay Rally in Jackson was too many to mention individually.
But Lauderdale County led the way. Four teams from Lauderdale County raised over $10,000 each including Anderson Nursing Administrators, Mississippi Power Company, Northcrest Baptist Church Team #3, and Camie's Crusaders, named for cancer survivor, Camie Heard.
"I was so impressed and so inspired by her attitude when she was diagnosed," said longtime friend Carrie Latham, team captain for Camie's Crusaders.
"It is an awesome, awesome honor," said Heard. "Of course the ultimate goal is to find a cure for this."
Lauderdale County placed at the top in the Mid-South division of six states in per-capita giving. WTOK was recognized for best overall coverage of the relay for Life in the Mid-South division.
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Source: http://www.myrelayforlife.com/ (The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Web site)