Join Haywood's Relay for Life efforts

Jan 07, 2014

Cancer has touched all of our lives. It’s a disease without a cure and it leaves many of us feeling hopeless, whether we are the one with the diagnosis or a loved one trying to come to grips with the diagnosis.

But there is hope. A cancer diagnosis isn’t a death sentence and there is something we can all do to help find a cure. Relay for Life is a nationwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and all the money raised goes toward cancer research for new treatments that can save people’s lives.

Haywood County has two Relay events, one in Canton and one in West Haywood. West Haywood’s kickoff party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Lake Junaluska Bethea Welcome Center. Canton will hold its kickoff event at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Colonial Theater in Canton.

Although the Relay events aren’t until May, now is the time to get excited about Relay and find the motivation to get involved. Now is the time to sign up your Relay team and start raising money through online donations and other fundraising activities.

The Mountaineer has already signed up for a team and we challenge other businesses, town governments, individuals, churches and civic groups to do the same. The event not only raises money — it increases awareness and community camaraderie for a common cause.

There are so many ways to be involved even if you can’t attend the Relay event. Support a team’s fundraising efforts. Honor someone battling cancer or someone who has lost their battle by purchasing a luminaria to be lighted in their memory during the Relay ceremony. Wear purple to increase awareness about ACS’s mission and Relay For Life.

Go to the one of the kickoff parties to meet your fellow teams made up of survivors, caregivers and friends and family to find out how you can get involved in making the 2014 Relay For Life better than ever.

To sign up for a team, visit and search for the Canton or Waynesville events.

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