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Relay for Life hopes to light track with 2012 bags

This year the Relay For Life of Johnson County will celebrate a milestone as it holds its 15th campaign for the American Cancer Society. To commemorate the special year, the committee has issued a new challenge to the community to line the track with 2,012 luminaria bags.
“We are very excited about holding our 15th event here in our community,” said Misste Phillipe, team coordinator of the steering committee. “We thought lighting this many bags would be a fun way to show our support of the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. It will also be a nice way to honor our loved ones who have had cancer and remember those we’ve lost to the disease.”
Luminaria bags can be purchased from any Relay For Life team member or at the following businesses: Farmer’s State Bank, Johnson County Bank, H&R Block, Mountain City Medical Center and Dr. Sluder’s Office. Each bag is a suggested donation of $5 to the American Cancer Society.
The group is also inviting members of the community to get involved in their crusade against cancer.
“Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, churches and civic organizations – really anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event,” Phillipe said. “This is Johnson County’s chance to take a stand against the disease that has taken so much from so many.”
Teams typically consist of 10 to 15 people that commit to raising $100 or more for the American Cancer Society and attend the event to support local survivors and caregivers. The event will be held on Friday, July 13, at 5 p.m., at Ralph Stout Park.
“Relay For Life is a great avenue to show support of our community,” Phillipe said. “The American Cancer Society offers a variety of services to cancer patients here in Mountain City, including transportation, lodging assistance and emotional support through their cancer journey.”
In addition, the Society is the largest funder of cancer research in America – only second to the federal government. This year alone the Society has invested more than $11 million in research just in the state of Tennessee. In fact, the organization has had a hand in nearly every major cancer breakthrough of the last century, including confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, establishing the link between obesity and multiple cancers, developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, and showing that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
To register or find out more information about the Relay For Life of Johnson County you may visit or call the American Cancer Society at 282.7010.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit
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