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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Relay for Life takes place this Saturday

  • The Pulaski County Relay for Life opening ceremony will take place this Saturday.
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  • The Pulaski County Relay for Life opening ceremony will take place this Saturday.
    Goldie Spahn, the event chair for Pulaski County Relay for Life, said the campaign hopes to raise $75,000 this year.
    Last year, Pulaski County Relay For Life raised more than $43,800 with 24 teams and 64 cancer survivors participating.
    "This year we want to increase our survivors, increase our teams, and increase our total fundraising," she said. "Our teams have done a great job so far."
    So far, Puaski County Relay for Life raised $59,157.25 and has 33 teams and 346 participants. Sixty-eight cancer survivors have signed up.
    According to the Relay for Life's website, this movement began in Seattle, Wash., in 1985 with a man by the name of Dr. Gordy Klatt. He wanted to show what having cancer was really like. So, he ran and walked around a track for 24 hours straight. With the support of family and friends who donated money to walk with him for 30 minutes, Klatt was able to raise more than $27,000.
    In the United States alone, there will be more than 5,200 Relay for Life events this year.
    Pulaski County's event will be this Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m in Waynesville Park. It is open to the public and the teams will have vendors live entertainment, food, and games. It is free and open to the public.
    All survivors and caregivers are encouraged to register. The Survivor's Lap will take place during Opening Ceremony, which celebrates the victory of local cancer survivors.
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