The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 2, 2014

Over 400 set to participate in Saturday's Anderson County Relay for Life event


It will all be about the “purple” on Saturday as more than 150 cancer survivors will wear purple t-shirts signifying their courageous battle during the Anderson County Relay for Life event Saturday.

The event will be held from noon to midnight Saturday at Westwood High School's Panther Stadium, located at 1820 Chism Dr. The community is invited to attend Relay for Life to cheer the survivors and the teams during the day, to participate in the activities, attend the luminaria ceremony and support the fund-raisers.

“Our Relay is all about the survivors. I would encourage all survivors to attend and participate in the celebration of life and enjoy the support of our community,” Relay for Life Chair Kim Thompson told the Herald-Press.

More than 28 teams are participating with close to 400 participants.

Opening ceremonies will start at noon with Story Intermediate School students singing the National Anthem, followed by the presentation of flags by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 991's Honor Guard and a Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub Scout Pack 440.

Following the invocation and opening remarks, the first cancer survivor/caregiver lap around the track will be held, followed by a balloon release and an introduction to the teams as festivities kick off.

Live entertainment by the Reeves Brothers will start at 2 p.m. A “Fight Back” ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. The survivor's dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the WHS Drama Room. The survivors medal ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., followed by the survivor's medal lap.

“Our survivor committee has done a wonderful job to ensure the survivors are treated to a wonderful dinner and event.The medal ceremony will be held following the dinner,” Thompson said.

Zumba will be held at 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Other events during Relay for Life include special themed laps around the track (Mardi Gras lap, super hero lap, tiaras and tutus, pajama lap, etc.), Ms. Relay competition (one male member of each team dresses up as a woman and collects 'tips' to raise money for the fight against cancer while vying for the Ms. Relay title), a silent auction and a late-night chocolate buffet.

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