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Relay For Life comes back

A reason to celebrate The American Cancer Society Relay For Life kick-off was held Saturday, September 30, with a survivors brunch at Brooks Memorial Baptist Church that morning and an evening of activities at Heritage Park. As in the past, one of the highlights of the evening is a survivors walk as everyone celebrates with them. Shown, survivors get ready to begin their “victory lap,” from left, MaryAnne Heathcock, Barbara Hastings, Sarah Hayes, Melissa Bass, Brenda Peterson, Missie Tschida, Patsy Reeves, Dawn Malone, Patricia Gartman, Myra King.
Survivors at the Saturday morning brunch, from left, front, Cindy Lundquist, Dottie Albert, Sandra Boutwell, Betty Hasting, Patsy Reeves, Sue Godwin; middle, Mary Arnold, Brenda Peterson, Sarah Hayes, Barbara Hastings, Johnnie Norman; back, Joanne Bonds, Amy Zender, Melissa Bass, MaryAnne Heathcock, Terry Elkins, Gregg Akins, Kevin Weeks, Patricia Gartman, Beth Lyles, Leon Lyles

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After more than a decade since the last Relay event, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life made a come-back Saturday, September 30.
Director Jodi James and her Relay committee coordinated a brunch Saturday morning at Brooks Memorial Baptist Church for cancer survivors and a kick-off that evening at Heritage Park for survivors, caregivers and the community.
Following the brunch, Jess Marion told her story – the loss of her young son to cancer in 2018.
“Survivors like you give me hope,” Marion said. “Thank you. Thank you for being the epitome of hope. Thank you for proving data and doctors wrong.”
The kick-off that evening featured several activities.
The dunking booth was popular with Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks, Sgt. Ryan James and Patrol Officer Chance Thompson spending time in the tank. It should be noted that Relay director Jodi James is married to Sgt. James and she dunked him twice.
The evening also featured corn hole and horseshoes.
While games are fun, the kick-off was a serious time. Survivors were invited to walk a lap around the circle in Heritage Park. On a second lap, caregivers and family were invited to join the survivors.
Luminaries lined the circle – names of those who are fighting the fight and those who lost their fight.
While this was a “soft opening” for Relay, a full Relay event is planned for the Spring.
Members of the Relay committee for the brunch and kick-off are Jodi James, Ashley Haskew, Edie Baker, Emilee Waters Craft, Felicia Bishop, Katrinka Phillips, Kayla Bell, Kim Himes, MaryAnne Heathcock, Myrna Monroe, Ruthie Stephens, Sherry Digmon, Stephanie Rolin.