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‘Georgetown Strong’ is rallying cry for 2014 Relay for Life

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Very few people can say their lives have not been touched by cancer.

Those who have lost someone to cancer, along with people who have survived a battle with the disease, will be gathering May 2 at Georgetown High School’s football stadium for the 2014 Georgetown, Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet Relay for Life event.

The national Relay for Life theme this year is “Finish the Fight.” The local theme is “Georgetown Strong.”

“We just had the fire and everybody pulled together. We are Georgetown strong,” said Sheila Spinks, chairwoman of the Georgetown Relay. “We have incredible people in this community.”

Spinks, who owns Curves in Georgetown, lost her mom to cervical cancer, and her daughter survived cancer in the past year.

With the Georgetown event about a month away, Spinks said it’s “crunch time.” She knows everybody is busy, but urges people to register and show up May 2.

“It should be a badge of honor, it used to be,” she said.

The Relay kicks off with a survivor’s lap, when those who have battled the disease will take to the track, surrounded by luminaries. Survivors who sign up in advance are eligible for a free T-shirt.

Spinks has also planned a half-marathon during the event and encourages people to look for sponsors for each lap they walk.

“The whole purpose of having it at a track is cancer has no rest,” Spinks said.

She’s also looking for businesses to sponsor the half-marathon, and for businesses and individuals to set up tables and sell things to raise money to donate. Popular items sold at past events included popsicles and other food or beverage items.

Spinks said there is a possibility that one team will bring employees of a beauty salon who would offer “speed waxing” for a minimal donation.

There are also plans for a “Mister Relay for Life” pageant featuring evening gown, swimwear and talent competitions.

The Georgetown Relay for Life event on May 2 kicks off at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 1 a.m.

For more information call Spinks at 843-455-5121, or Curves at 843-545-0079.

You can pick up a team registration packet at Curves or register online at www.relayforlife.org. A team can be as few as two people.

Individuals can also make donations on the website by searching for the Georgetown event.

“No donation is too small,” Spinks said. “Every dollar counts.”

The next meeting for team captains will be April 3 at 6 p.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

There will also be a Relay for Life event on May 30 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Andrews High School.

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