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Teams walk June 20-21 to stop cancer at Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth

Cancer survivors salute the flag during a special ceremony at the Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth. The all-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held at Plymouth South High School on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21.
Cancer survivors salute the flag during a special ceremony at the Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth. The all-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held at Plymouth South High School on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21.

Let’s get ready to Relay! Hundreds of walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers and spectators will be on hand for the Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth at Plymouth South High School from 3 p.m. Friday, June 20, until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. The public is invited to attend the 14th annual fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society.

This all-night “walk around the clock” to raise awareness and funds to stop cancer will include many inspirational activities. On Friday, the nonstop walking begins at 3 p.m. while the official Opening Ceremony is at 6 p.m., followed by Survivors and Caregivers Laps. There will also be a Survivors Reception at 4:30 p.m. and Luminaria Ceremony with 5,000-plus candles lighting up the night at 9 p.m.

People can donate hair for cancer patients on Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. as part of Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This program encourages men and women to contribute their lengthy locks to make wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Hair will be cut by Leah Socci, a licensed beautician. Donated hair must be a minimum of 8 inches long and cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated.

            There will also be plenty of fun activities as walkers and others celebrate the success of cancer research and treatments over the years. Visitors can participate in Cupcake Wars with local bakeries donating the tasty treats to see who has the best around. Cupcakes will be on display at 6:30 p.m. while judging takes place at 7 p.m.

            Other activities on Friday include a Dude Looks Like a Lady competition at 7 p.m. and Fight Back ceremony for cancer survivors at 8 p.m. Additional exciting events include music by a DJ, games, face painting, decorated campsites, contests, drawings, auctions, live performances and demonstrations, food, ice cream, midnight volleyball tournament and much more.

            Of course, walkers will be camping out under the stars on the infield track at Plymouth South High School. Team members raise money for the American Cancer Society and walk all night around the track in honor and memory of those who have or had cancer.

Celebrating its 12th year, the Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth will be held on the football field at Plymouth South High School. In 2013, more than 500 walkers and nearly 100 cancer survivors participated in this community event to stop cancer, raising $165,000 for research, treatment and programs to aid individuals and families dealing with this disease. The event covers the towns of Plymouth, Carver, Kingston and Plympton.

For information about forming a team, contact Lisa Jensen at lmjensen2762@aol.com or 781-831-4937. For details about the 2013 Relay For Life, contact Event Chair Jennie Babcock at jbabcock13@comcast.net or 508-254-9320, or go to the local website at www.relayforlife.org/gtrplymouthma.

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