Relay for Life kicks 2010 efforts into gear

By Michael Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A new round in the fight against cancer will start this week as the Lee County Relay for Life officially kicks off its 2010 efforts.
The kickoff will start at 6 p.m. Monday at North Mississippi Hematology and Oncology at Bridgepoint on South Gloster Street in Tupelo.
Event co-chairwomen Michelle Mauldin and Donna Kingsley are aiming to get 50 teams and 100 cancer survivors involved in the Relay for Life festivities which will culminate in the June 11 event at Tupelo High School football stadium.
The fight against cancer is nearly universal.
“A lot of people have been touched by it,” said Mauldin, who just passed her first anniversary as a breast cancer survivor.
Not everyone can battle the disease directly as a doctor, researcher or nurse, but they can support the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life, Kingsley said.
“It gives us the opportunity to do something that is making a difference,” said Kingsley, who has been involved with Relay for Life since 1995 and lost her mother to cancer in October.
Since the American Cancer Society is campaigning to create a world with more birthdays, the Lee County Relay is adopting a birthday party theme for the 2010 event, Kingsley said.
This year, survivors and team members will be in the spotlight for the annual event, Mauldin said. Survivors again will be recognized with a special dinner and with their own tent at the Relay for Life.
At Monday’s kickoff, people interested in forming teams will get more information about the relay and hear from a cancer survivor who has benefited from American Cancer Society programs.

Lee County Relay for Life
What: Kickoff celebration
When: 6 p.m. Monday
Where: North Mississippi Hematology and Oncology at Bridgepoint
961 S. Gloster St., Tupelo
Who: Anyone interested in participating in the annual team-based event benefiting the American Cancer Society
More info: Call Donna Kingsley at (662) 213-8478 or Michelle Mauldin at (662) 279-4236 or visit www.relayforlife.org/leems