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Relay for Life to Take Place Friday, April 29

Photo provided by Relay for Life of Lafayette MS on Facebook.
Photo provided by Relay for Life of Lafayette MS on Facebook.

According to American Cancer Society, there were roughly 16,260 cancer cases in Mississippi in 2015. This disease has affected millions as these people fought their lives to overcome and live. On April 29, Oxford and Ole Miss people will have a chance to participate in the annual Relay for Life to help the research efforts for the cure on cancer.

The American Cancer Society is hosting its annual Relay for Life on April 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Oxford Intermediate School . This year’s theme is “Disney – Wish Upon a Cure.”

Micah Johnson (photo courtesy)
Micah Johnson (photo courtesy)

Relay for Life Community Manager Micah Johnson said, “At these events, people come together to honor cancer survivors, remember the loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer. Research is the heart of our mission.”

The event will include fun activities and entertainment for everyone involved. Relay for Life teams will have a campsite assigned where they can bring a tent, chairs and food as well as items to sell and games to play for the attendees. The Relay for Life teams will take turns to walk or run around the Lyceum Circle. Since cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant walking the Circle at all times.

All this effort will bolster the American Cancer Society’s mission in caring for cancer patients.

“The American Cancer Society has been finding answers that save lives, changes in lifestyle to new approaches in therapies to improve patients’ quality of life. For patients receiving treatment in another city, the American Cancer Society provides a free place to stay at Hope Lodge,” said Johnson. “They will not have to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well.”

She added that Relay for Life helps provide programs like Road to Recovery where they match cancer patients with specially-trained volunteer drivers to go to and from treatments.

Another program, Look Good Feel Better teaches beauty techniques to women battling cancer to help them improve their self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals teach the cancer patients makeup techniques, nail care and skin care as well as options related to hair loss.

“Lastly, Our Reach to Recovery support program matches specially trained breast cancer survivors with people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to talk to someone who has been there,” Johnson said.

For more information, people can also like this organization on Facebook at www.relayforlife.org/relayforlifeoxfordms38655 to get all the local updates!

Adam Brown is the sports editor for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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