The American Cancer Society has invited cancer survivors and a guest (their caregiver) to a celebration dinner at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Simmons Center.

This will be the 12th Annual Relay For Life of Stephens County cancer survivors’ dinner.

Eduardo’s Restaurant will furnish the meals. The event will include entertainment and each survivor will receive a specially designed T-shirt.

The survivors’ dinner is the kick-off event for the Relay For Life, the organization’s signature activity. Relay offers everyone in a community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.

“We are very excited about this year’s cancer survivors’ reception,” said Pat Bowles, Survivor Committee co-chair. “We are looking forward to paying tribute to the tremendous personal journey that they have been on. Every survivor is invited, whether they were diagnosed yesterday or 30 years ago.”

Relay allows communities to celebrate the lives of those who have survived their personal battle with cancer. For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers an opportunity to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, Relay provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay brings community recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in their life.

“At Relay, and at the survivors’ dinner, everyone understands the challenges that cancer survivors have overcome and there is peace of mind knowing that together we can face the challenges ahead,” said Cookie McCullough, Survivor Committee co-chair.

Space at the survivors’ reception is limited. For information or reservations, call Bowles at 580-255-6814 or McCullough at 255-3139. For information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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