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Relay for Life moves to Wesson

Every year, the Relay For Life events around the country raise funds for the American Cancer Society, an organization dedicated to — according to their mission statement — “saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer.”

This year, Relay For Life of Copiah-Lincoln will have its event April 25 at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. This is a change from last year, when the event was held at the Lincoln Civic Center in Brookhaven.

“We are excited about our move to the Co-Lin campus in Wesson,” said Stacie Cross, community development manager for the American Cancer Society. “Relay For Life is a seasoned event, and the community will be celebrating 30 years of Relay this year. It is important for us to keep the event relevant and exciting. We’re looking forward to a great event that will ensure family fun for all ages.”

Teams for are already forming and preparing to raise funds. Since its inception in 1985, Relay For Life has raised an estimated $6.5 billion for the American Cancer Society. Money raised goes to everything from funding cancer research to providing up-dating information and support to cancer patients.

On Feb. 24, Relay For Life of Copiah-Lincoln will meet at 6 p.m. at the State Room at State Bank in Brookhaven. Cross said in a press release that the meeting will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the event and form teams.

Teams can register online at relayforlife.org/copiahlincolnms. Potential teams or sponsors may also contact Cross by phone at 601-748-9901 or email at stacie.cross@cancer.org. The public can also follow Relay For Life of Copiah-Lincoln at www.facebook.com/RFLCopiahLincoln.