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Tenth annual Relay for Life kick-off meeting yields a dozen

PLATTSBURGH Although the weather was less than cooperative, there were still 12 teams that did register during the American Cancer Societys 2007 Relay For Life Kick-Off meeting Feb. 15, which was held at the North Country Teacher Resource Center, at Sibley Hall on the PSU campus. Relay For Life is a community fundraising event offering an opportunity for everyone, from survivor to friends and families of those who have succumbed to the disease, to join in the ongoing fight against cancer. Each willing participant must form or join a team and each takes turns walking a track thats aglow with candles. The event is held during the night to symbolize the path that every individual diagnosed with cancer must walk. From the light of everyday living, through the darkness of diagnosis and treatment, eventually emerging into the light of a new day brightened by the hope and promise of life after cancer. It is also a wonderful opportunity to network with other victims and families and to keep the memory of your family member, loved one or friend alive. This years event is slated for Friday, June 15 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Organizers are hoping teams will carry the theme, Cancer Takes a Holiday, throughout the event, be it with decorations or costumes. The opening ceremony will begin at 7p.m. with a guest speaker. All survivors that are able to will then walk the first lap together and will receive a survivor Relay for Life T-shirt, a medallion, and a special balloon indicating the number of years they have been a survivor. The evening will also feature entertainment, refreshments, and other activities, so whether walking or not, folks are welcome to stay as long as they wish. Youll at least want to stay until 10 p.m. for the Luminaria Ceremony where everyone will walk the track to pay special tribute to those who have passed away or to those who are surviving cancer. The luminaries will line the entire track. If you are not able to stay until the Luminaria Ceremony, you may wish to return for this touching event. This year event organizers would like to put together a collage of 2007 survivors, so they also invite folks to share photos with them.

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