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Vinton County hosts American Cancer Society Relay For Life

April 22, 2012

Sneakers, sleeping bags and cancer education? It must be the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, a 24-hour event to celebrate survivorship and raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and services.

Relay For Life will be held at the Vinton County Fairgrounds on May 19 – 20.

Relay For Life brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for camaraderie, food, music and entertainment, and a night under the stars – all while team members take turns walking or running on a track.

Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivors Lap and reception to celebrate life.  Later in the evening, a Luminaria Ceremony honors those who are battling cancer and remembers those who have lost their fight.

“Relay For Life brings communities together,” Julia Bolen said. “We honor each person who has been touched by this disease while raising money for much needed cancer research, education, advocacy and service.”

“In Vinton County, our goal is to raise $22,000 for the American Cancer Society.  We’re grateful to the people and the businesses helping us to achieve that goal,” Bolen said.

Sponsors of the event include: Nichol’s Pizza, Remy’s Mobile Homes, Inc., Vinton County Fairgrounds, Vinton County National Bank and Wesbanco,

For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society website at

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