Relay for Life kicks off Thursday

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

GEORGETOWN — A community kickoff for anyone interested in getting involved

with the 2014 Georgetown area Relay for Life is set for 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, located at 558 Black River Road.

Refreshments will be served.

The meeting will include general information about Relay for Life, which is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. There will also be opportunities for teams and cancer survivors to sign up to participate in the 2014 Relay, information on sponsoring luminaries, and a list of volunteer positions available.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about Relay for Life or getting involved is asked to attend the kickoff, but survivors in particular are being sought, said Sheila Spinks, this year’s Georgetown area chairwoman.

“This event is all about celebrating the survivors and raising money to finish the fight against cancer so every person diagnosed can be a survivor,” Spinks said.

“Finish the Fight” is the national theme for Relay for Life events this year in recognition of the American Cancer Society’s 100th year of saving lives, the advancements that have been made and the fact that the fight isn’t over yet. Local volunteers will combine that message with their own theme of “Georgetown Strong” for the Georgetown area event.

This year’s Georgetown Area Relay for Life will be May 2 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Georgetown High School. The goal is to make it bigger and better than ever, and bring back the level of enthusiasm and community involvement the event enjoyed in the past, Spinks said. She’s added some new fundraising activities, which she thinks the community will be excited about, including a Mister Relay for Life pageant and a Georgetown’s Got Talent show. In the pageant, Spinks is hoping to enlist prominent men in the community to strut their stuff on stage in support of a cure, and said she’s happy to take nominations for candidates. She’s also interested in hearing other suggestions for fundraisers that could be carried out by Relay teams leading up to and during Relay for Life. Duties for volunteers have also been simplified and spread out this year, so volunteers aren’t overburdened and can still have fun with the planning and organizing of the event. And Spinks said she wants to put more emphasis on getting folks from the Waccamaw Neck area involved.

“I want this to be the loudest, most successful event we’ve ever had, because silence won’t finish the fight against cancer,” Spinks said. “Today, two our of three Americans diagnosed with cancer survive to celebrate more birthdays. We want that to be three out of three.”

Anyone who wants to get involved with Relay for Life but can’t make the kickoff is asked to contact Spinks at 843-455-5121 or visit www.facebook.com/GeorgetownRelay.

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