Gastonia held its Relay for Life on April 24th. Lincolnton's 21st annual Relay for Life was held Friday night (May 1st) in downtown Lincolnton. Cherryville's Relay for Life on Saturday May 2nd was next--but other Relay for Life events to raise money for the American Cancer Society are scheduled throughout the month of May.
The 15th annual East Lincoln Relay for Life is set for this coming Friday (May 8th) at David Clark Stadium at East Lincoln High School from 6 PM until midnight. The East Lincoln Relay Survivors Dinner will be Monday (May 4th) at Salem United Methodist Church on North Pilot Knob Road.
Others to follow include:
East Gaston, Saturday, May 9th at 2 PM at Common Ground on Hickory Grove Road in Stanley
Cleveland County/Shelby, Friday, May 15th at 4 PM at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds
Catawba County, Friday, May 29th at 6 PM at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds
Kings Mountain, Friday, May 29th at 6 PM at Kings Mtn. High School
Lindsey Beam and Cheryl Burgess, who co-chaired this year's Relay for Life effort in Lincolnton, thanked those who worked so hard to make this year's Lincolnton Relay a success. Last year's best ever event was hard to follow. Through Friday, the Lincolnton Relay had raised over $44 thousand for ACS. More contributions will be expected to be turned in soon, but the fundraising effort for 2015 will continue until the end of August.
Cherryville's Relay for Life has raised over $21 thousand so far. Gastonia's Relay has exceeded $110 thousand. The East Lincoln Relay total through Friday (May 1st) was over $36,500. East Gaston's Relay was up to $19 thousand. The Cleveland County Relay so far has raised over $49 thousand. Catawba County's figure stood at over $86 thousand and Kings Mountain's total so far was near $7000.
That's a lot of money--but the investment on the part of contributors continues to pay off. Many survivors who are still living today would not be had it not been for research into new methods of treatment. Just this week, the Levine Cancer Clinic in Charlotte published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine about its success with a new method for treating lung cancer.
Those who would like to contribute may do so through any of the Relay for Life events. CLICK HERE to visit the Relay for Life contributions website where you can choose to sponsor an individual participant, a team, a specific Relay event, or simply make a contribution to the American Cancer Society.
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