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Farmington 'Relay for Life' to roll in June
by Doug Radunich
May 21, 2007 | 243 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FARMINGTON -- After months of hard work and preparation, the American Cancer Society-sponsored "Relay for Life" will be coming soon to Shepard Park in Farmington for June 8-9.

Relay for Life is an evening-through-morning participation walk to raise money to fight against cancer, and all the money raised will go to research, education, advocacy and service toward the American Cancer Society. Teams will be made up of 8-15 members and will have at least one member walking on a circular course at all times while raising money for cancer research.

"The event will start at 6 p.m. with a special 'survivor dinner,' for cancer survivors," said Farmington Relay for Life Chair Jennifer Smith. "After that people will walk from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next day, with cancer survivors taking the first lap while being cheered on, and at the end there will be a closing ceremony and breakfast. During the walk, teammates will take turns doing laps just so everyone on the team doesn't have to walk the whole night, and some teams even make schedules of who walks when."

Relay for Life will also feature different contributing guest speakers and American Cancer Society representatives.

"We're planning on having some speakers including Miss Utah, who will also play the violin, speak throughout the event at certain times," Smith said. "We'll also have information booths and members from the American Cancer Society there."

Smith also said much food and entertainment will be provided to all in attendance, including those who just come to watch.

"There will be free food and water, and we'll have music and other entertainment going on all night to create one big party during the event," she said. "We're going to get bands and other musicians to play, and we'll have movies playing on a big projector screen.

"We'll have entertainment to help people stay motivated since it's hard to walk late at night, and in the middle of the track for tents, sleeping bags and pillows if people do get really tired and need to take a nap."

Relay for Life will be at Shepard Park in Farmington, Saturday and Sunday of June 8 and 9, and more information can be found by calling Jennifer Smith at 915-7779.
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