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Relay For Life

Dear Editor,

One of Bamberg County’s most celebrated and popular events is, Relay For Life, a yearly celebration that raises funds and public awareness in the fight against cancer. We are making plans now for the 2009 festivities and are excited to be celebrating twenty five years of Relay For Life this year. Over the years, volunteers have served countless hours in making Bamberg County’s event one of the most successful and celebrated in our state. We would love to have previous volunteers and participants to come back on board this year and help us celebrate all the progress we have made the past twenty five years. Our event is scheduled for May 1 through May 2, 2009 and we want each of you to have the opportunity to participate and help us fight this disease that has affected us all individually and as a community.

Relay For Life is a truly unique fund-raising event. A community party atmosphere takes place whereby team members camp out on the site and enjoy live entertainment, food, games, and camaraderie. Highlights include the Survivors’ Walk and the Luminary Ceremony. This year, we are adding a third element: Fight Back, which asks each of us to take a personal stand to get involved and take action in the battle of this disease.

Cancer touches everyone in some way. One out of two patients diagnosed with cancer will survive. Your contributions make that difference. Last year, the American Cancer Society contributed more than $1,000,000 toward research at both the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina. The American Cancer Society also provided funding for cancer screenings, support groups, and $36,000 in college scholarships to South Carolina survivors of childhood cancer. All of these would not be possible without the funds raised from Relay For Life and Bamberg County significantly helps with these opportunities.

We look forward to creating an amazing event for Bamberg and appreciate you giving us the ability to do so in your community. If you are willing to help by having a team, being on the planning committee or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the event, please feel free to contact me. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely and many thanks,
Valerie Montgomery Bridges
Community Manager for the American Cancer Society

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