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June 15, 2014

Community prepares for Marlow’s Relay for Life Friday

MARLOW — The fight against cancer continues in Marlow, where survivors, caretakers and the community will join together on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight to participate in the annual Relay for Life in Redbud Park.

This year’s goal is $50,000. Last year, the $25,000 goal was exceeded by almost $20,000, enabling Marlow to win a five star award and an All American award, said Lyndse Tatum, the American Cancer Society partner for Marlow’s Relay.

Tatum also teamed with Ronda Rakes, the event chair for the Duncan Relay for Life, which took place June 6 at the Halliburton Stadium, where participants raised $90,000 of the  $120,000 goal. Donations will be accepted until July 31 at www.relayforlife.org.

In Marlow,  the survivor dinner before the relay will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the nutrition center in Redbud Park.

Billie White and Jealena Himes are Marlow’s co-chairs for the event.

“The turnout was really good last year because we shortened the event,” White said. “We’d like for everyone to come out again. We have a lot of fun.”

This year, a variety of booths, entertainment, and an auction will be available. The auction will be led by Kenny Baker.

“The different teams donate an auction item. We have other commercial entities that give us donations as well,” White said.

While the majority of the auction items are still unknown, it has been confirmed that Thunder  and Red Hawk tickets will be up for grabs.

“Cancer touches everyone” regardless of race, creed, gender, social status and  religion, said White, a two-time cancer survivor. “We’ve made great strides at ACS through their research and other research. I’m thankful for the research that has been done and the pioneers that helped fight the great fight.”

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