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The event will fea­ture games, good food and great lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment by the Heaven Seek­ers from Pied­mont and other lo­cal tal­ent. There will be fun for all ages!

One per­son can make a dif­fer­ence. In May 1985, ac­cord­ing to Re­lay his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, Dr. Gor­don “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Ta­coma, Wash­ing­ton, rais­ing money to help the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety with the na­tion’s big­gest health con­cern: cancer.

Gordy spent a gru­el­ing 24 hours cir­cling the track at the Univer­sity of Puget Sound. Friends, fam­ily,

Lo­cal cancer sur­vivors be­gin the open­ing lap in the 2016 Chero­kee County Re­lay for Life. The 2017 event is set for this Sat­ur­day, June 17, be­gin­ning at 4 p.m. on the Chero­kee County High School foot­ball field.

and pa­tients watched and sup­ported him as he walked and ran more than 83.6 miles and raised $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer. As he cir­cled the track, he thought of how he could get oth­ers to take part. He en­vi­sioned hav­ing teams par­tic­i­pate in a 24-hour fundrais­ing event. The next year, 19 teams were part of the first Re­lay at the his­tor­i­cal Sta­dium Bowl and raised $33,000.

Re­lay For Life en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to come out and fel­low­ship with friends and help cancer pa­tients ev­ery­where!

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Charlotte Grimes at 256-927-3959.

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