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American Cancer Society Relay For Life Of Desoto County, Mississippi Community


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American Cancer Society Relay For Life Of Desoto County, Mississippi
Last updated on February 21, 2014

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Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Description:
Everyone's reason to Relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime.

No matter why you take part in Relay, however, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone’s life.

History:
One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.

In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt's friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.

While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.

In 1986, with the help of Pat Flynn – now known as the “Mother of Relay” – 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event on the track at the historic Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield.

Relay For Life has been in DeSoto County since the mid 1990's. We started our Relay at the park in Olive Branch and then moved it to Snowden Grove when it first opened. This year, we are happy to announce that we will be returning to the Olive Branch Park on May 18, 2012. Our survivor dinner will start at 4:30 pm and ceremonies will begin at 6:00 pm. Our Relay continues overnight through sunrise (6am).

Contact people:

 Laura Dunning, Program Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Whitney Merida, Program Coordinator, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (901) 725-8624
Office fax number: (901) 278-2020

Address:

 1378 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.relayforlife.org/desotoms

Directions:

 Our monthly meetings are held at the Home 2 Suites on Southcrest Parkway in Southaven, MS. The 2014 Relay for Life will be held on May 9 at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven, MS.
Last updated on February 21, 2014

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