Planning Underway for 2013 Relay for Life

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Organizers of the 2013 Lauderdale County Relay for Life say they plan to do everything they can to ensure the event remains the number one in the state.

Enthusiasm filled a room at Mississippi Power on Thursday night as planning got underway for the 2013 Lauderdale County Relay for Life. This as dozens are eager to build on the success of the 2012 Relay for Life held at Meridian High School's Ray Stadium.

Allyson Wells and Kameron Agerton are teachers at Northeast Lauderdale High School. They are part of a first year relay team and have already raised $2,500 thanks to the help of their students.

"Well, you know, both of us, personally and a lot of our students," Agerton says. "We have been affected by cancer at some point in time. It's a good thing to do in our community. It's keeps our kids involved."

The teachers say they worked to get the school's administration on board too as far as providing incentives for the kids to take part. But Wells says it really wasn't hard getting the students to participate.

"We did a penny war where they competed againsted each other in classes, on teams," she says. "The 9th grade wanted to beat the 12th grade, the 12th grade wanted to beat the 10th grade. So it turned out, they loved it."

Lauderdale County Relay for Life chairman Tripp Ward says each individual team has a goal this year. Of course, the overall goal is to beat the $333,000 raised last year.

This year's Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. at Ray Stadium. For more information, contact Ward at 601-616-2389.