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9 May 2008

Relay For Life Event
Friday Night in Oxford

By Megan Nichols
Star Sports Writer

Reprinted here in its entirety.

Calhoun County's Relay for Life event starts Friday night, and organizers are urging area residents to attend.

"When you hear the word 'cancer' it doesn't sound very fun, but the event has a very carnival-like atmosphere," said Trisha Humphrey, spokeswoman for Relay For Life of Calhoun County.

Humphrey said at last count, 135 area teams would be participating. She said the group was hoping to raise $600,000 for the American Cancer Society this year. Last year, $500,000 was raised at the event.

"This is about having a good time and recognizing cancer survivors in our community," Humphrey said.

The event will begin Friday afternoon at the Oxford High School stadium with a welcome to teams. Then, at 5 p.m., cancer survivors and those being treated for cancer are invited to the Survivor's Reception.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. and a luminary ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. That is a new feature for the event this year, Humphrey said.

The event will continue with various activities, like a Relay Idol singing competition, until 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

"We hope everyone will come out and support this cause with us," Humphrey said.

About Megan Nichols

Megan Nichols covers the city of Anniston, Calhoun County government and the McClellan Joint Powers Authority. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

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