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June 10, 2014

Relay for Life raises money, awareness, support

It really wasn’t that long ago when the word was considered something hush-hush, only whispered when it was mentioned at all and something certainly not talked about in public.

That word was cancer.

Today, we know that silence is the last thing needed in the fight against the disease. So to make some noise and create awareness, the folks in Murray County are having their annual Relay for Life Friday night in Chatsworth.

In this event, teams camp out at the Murray County Saddle Club starting at 7 p.m. and members take turns walking or running around a track after already having collected pledges in the months leading up to the Relay. The event continues overnight, and because cancer never sleeps, each team has at least one participant on the track at all times.

Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly one of every four deaths, according to the American Cancer Society, which spearheads these events.

For all those directly or indirectly affected by cancer, Relay for Life reminds them they are not alone. Seeing hundreds of people gathered at the saddle club all supporting the same cause can be reassuring to those who are dealing with cancer in their lives.

Relay for Life is lively and features different activities throughout the night. But there are somber events, too, including a survivor lap and a luminaria ceremony to honor those who have died.

Relay for Life provides an opportunity for members of the community to work together toward a common, necessary goal: fighting cancer. And, ultimately, we hope, that will lead to finding a cure for this terrible disease.

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