The Union Recorder

April 8, 2013

Cancer survivors honored at annual Relay dinner

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

Area cancer survivors will be honored during the annual survivor dinner hosted by Relay for Life of Baldwin County.

“The survivor dinner is where we honor those who have survived cancer or are surviving cancer,” said Pam Tindal, chair of the local Relay. “Anybody who has had a diagnoses of cancer and are still surviving is considered a survivor.”

The dinner is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. Nearly 120 cancer survivors are invited to the special dinner where Mark the Magic Man will provide entertainment.

“Survivors will check in and they will get T-shirts to walk the survivor lap on the night of Relay Friday. We have 118 survivors invited and each survivor can bring one person with them,” Tindal said. “We will celebrate survivors, remember those who lost their battle, and fight back. Survivors will be given an opportunity to buy luminaries for caregivers who have helped them fight through.”

With the help of local businesses and supporters, the meal will consist of baked chicken, green beans, macaroni and cheese and rolls.

“We also have a lot of birthday cakes donated for dessert because Relay for Life is about celebrating more birthdays,” Tindal said.

Through various community events and activities, Relay for Life of Baldwin County has 45 teams and 524 participants who have raised around $68,000 of the $135,000 goal thus far.

“We want to thank all of our local sponsors because they have really stepped up this year,” Tindal said. “We have raised over $20,000 in local sponsorships.”

The annual Relay event is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk where teams and individuals camp out around a track. In recent years, the local event has been held at the Baldwin High football stadium. Members of each team take turns walking around the track while those in attendance enjoy food, games, activities and socializing during the family-friendly event to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. 

This year’s Relay event is slated to be begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through 7 a.m. Saturday at the Baldwin Braves Stadium. With the theme of “Lights, Camera, Relay,” teams will decorate tents based off a movie or movie event. The honorary chair is 3-year-old Abram Gainous who is diagnosed with leukemia.

“We need everybody to come out and support these cancer survivors, those who are in remission and those who lost their battle,” Tindal said.

For more information about the local Relay, to volunteer, donate or join a team, contact Tindal at (478) 454-8490, email ptindal@baldwin.k12.ga.us, visit www.relayforlife.org/baldwinga, or like the Relay for Life of Baldwin County, GA Facebook page.

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