Wanted: Superheroes to help ‘Finish the fight’ for Relay for Life

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Cooperation, outstanding effort and persistence are typical of most any superhero.  Those attributes also happen to be critical to the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer, and they’ll be easy to spot June 6, when super heroes of all shapes and sizes gather at Wilson County’s 18th annual Relay For Life.

‘Super Heroes: Finish the Fight’ is the theme of this year’s Relay, and hero costumes and decorations will be incorporated into the festivities on the evening of June 6.  Starting at 6 p.m. on the track behind Wilson Bank & Trust’s Lebanon main office, Relay For Life is open to anyone interested in joining the fight against cancer.  The event is an opportunity for the community to celebrate, remember and fight back.  It’s also a culmination of the fundraising efforts that Relay teams have undertaken this year.

Part of the purpose of Relay For Life is to honor some true heroes – friends, neighbors and family members who are cancer survivors. The colorful evening of fun for a great cause also features live entertainment, a ‘small fry’ triathlon for children 2-6, a talent contest, a live auction and more. Festivities will continue through midnight.

Relay team and individual registration is available online at relayforlife.org/wilson, and local Relay information is available by sending an e-mail to relayforlifewilsonco@gmail.com.  This year’s local Relay For Life fundraising goal is $100,000.

Anyone who would like to register a child for the ‘Small Fry Tri’ can contact Becky Taylor at 615-443-6666

Besides assisting Wilson County cancer patients with services like the Hope Lodge, networking with other survivors and informational support, the American Cancer Society has funded more than $8 million in active cancer research grants in Tennessee. That research is performed at facilities like Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is visited frequently by many Wilson County cancer patients in the course of diagnosis and treatment.

Since its local inception in 1996, Relay For Life of Wilson County has raised about $1.6 million for the American Cancer Society. The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life helps support the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

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