Area Relay for Life events hand off vital funding

Upcoming Relays for Life

All events begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 6 a.m. For more information on forming a team or luminary memorials, call (800) 227-2345

Saturday
- Clay County: Sally Kate Winters Park, West Point
- Pontotoc County: Pontotoc High School walking track
June 18
- Union County: New Albany SportsPlex
- Chickasaw County: Coliseum fairgrounds, Houston
June 19
- Tishomingo County: Mineral Springs Park, Iuka
June 26
- Lee County: BancorpSouth walking track, West Jackson St., Tupelo

Victory lap
Several counties have already completed their 2004 Relays for Life, raising more than $200,000.
- Lafayette County, April 9 – $47,750
- Itawamba County, April 30 – $39,750
- Alcorn County, May 14 – $52,000
- Monroe County, May 21 – $17,500
- Prentiss County, June 4 -$35,300
- Tippah County, June 4 – $20,000

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

Across Northeast Mississippi Relay for Life teams have already raised more than $200,000 to fight the war against cancer on the local and national levels through events in Oxford, Fulton, Amory, Corinth, Booneville and Ripley.

Six more Relays are planned in June in West Point, Pontotoc, New Albany, Houston, Iuka and Tupelo.

In Tupelo, 34 teams are signed up to participate in the June 26 event at the BancorpSouth walking track on West Jackson Street, said event chairman Joe Murray. The door is still open for businesses and community groups to jump on the wagon.

“We're hoping to get to 40,” Murray said.

But the Relay for Life isn't just for people on a team. It's for cancer survivors and the entire community to come celebrate the strides in the war on cancer, Murray said.

“We're making it more of a carnival,” Murray said. “It's very much a family-friendly event.”

The theme for the event is “It's a Curable World” and the teams will be taking the event around the world to cities like Memphis, Honolulu, Paris, Rome and Talladega, Ala.

The teams are planning to sell food and trinkets to go toward their fund-raising totals.

“All the money will go directly to the ACS,” Murray said.

There will be entertainment and activities to go along with the traditional Relay activities – like the survivor's victory lap that begins the event and the 10 p.m. luminary ceremony that honors those who have survived cancer and memorializes those who have lost the battle, Murray said.

Luminaries at the Lee County event are available by calling Anita Flower at 842-2741.

Cellular South is sponsoring a children's activity center with rides and games, Murray said.

“It's going to be a great event for people in the community,” Murray sad.

Michaela Gibson Morris can be reached at 678-1599 or michaela.morris@djournal.com.