Submitted by Relay For Life of McKinney
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of McKinney is helping people fight back against cancer with its 12th annual fund-raiser on April 26, 2013.
The free, over-night fund-raiser will be held at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, 6151 Alma Road in McKinney. The 2013 fund-raising goal is $500,000 that the ACS will use to fuel research to fight all types of cancers. The event will include night long events as people will walk the track at the ballfields. The first lap of walkers, the Survivor Lap, will celebrate cancer survivors decked in purple who will have their names read aloud while approximately 4,000 attendees cheer them on.
Relay For Life of McKinney is offering early team registration now through Community Kick-Off. Early registration is $30 per team. Register today at www.RelayForLife.org/McKinneyTx. After the Kick-Off event registration fee increases to $50 per team.
The annual Kick-Off event will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Stonebridge United Methodist Church and will follow the 2nd Annual Fight Back 5K. All proceeds from the 5K will benefit the American Cancer Society.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Local breast cancer survivor and 2013 Relay For Life of McKinney Youth Engagement Committee leader Valerie Wright has participated in numerous Relays, and last year for the first time as a cancer survivor. “By supporting Relay For Life, you support our community and our MANY survivors. I have been involved with RFL for many years and last year, I participated as a survivor,” Wright said. “The support I felt was enormous and the event was a true celebration of life while still remembering those who lost their fight to cancer,” Wright said. “This is also an opportunity for survivors to share with our McKinney community this glorious thing called life.”
Wright urges people to remember what may be considered normal mammogram results may not be considered normal for you. “Understanding what’s normal for my body saved my life. Even when I was told my mammogram and sonogram were normal, I still asked questions. It is so important to understand what your ‘normal’ is so when something changes, you can get the answers,” said Wright.
She urges people to listen to their bodies and to perform breast self-exams regularly. “Cop a feel, know what is real!” she said.
2013 ACS Relay For Life of McKinney Event Co-Chair Sherry Jeffcoat hopes that people in McKinney and surrounding cities sign up to participate in the RFL of McKinney to raise money to help fight cancer while having fun at the same time. “Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront. Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not just in cancer cure rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment,” Jeffcoat said.
2013 ACS Relay For Life of McKinney Co-Chair Alesha Crowell said that RFL is vital because it is one of the largest annual fund-raising events for the ACS and the funds raised enable people to continue their investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and services to patients.
For more information on the 2013 ACS Relay For Life of McKinney contact event co-chairs Sherry Jeffcoat at email@example.com and Alesha Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on cancer prevention, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help line at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org