Woodward takes lead role in ‘Relay For Life’ fundraiser

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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is excited to announce our event lead for the 2016 Relay season, Dr. James Woodard. Dr. Woodard is the superintendent of Morgan County schools and a long time Relay For Life participant. Dr. Woodard says “I am honored to serve as the event chair for the Morgan County Relay for Life.  I look forward to creating an event which honor our friends, families, and colleagues who have been affected by cancer.  I encourage you all to start or join a Relay of Life team so our community can create an exciting and engaging evening to benefit cancer research, programs for survivors, and community awareness. I am dedicating my service and leadership of this event to my sister (Mary Ann Tanner) who is battling angiosarcoma.  I ask that you reflect and dedicate your time, effort, and resources to honor a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer.” Morgan County will be hosting its Relay For Life event on April 9, 2016 from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. at Madison Town Park.

Relay For Life is a truly unique experience which unites communities to finish the fight against cancer. Volunteer and community support is crucial to the event and will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Relay is an opportunity for businesses, churches, community groups, friends, and family to come together to support the survivors and those who have been affected in the community and what better way to show the survivors our support than hosting an event in their honor in the middle of Madison?

The first team captain meeting will be held on Thursday, February 4, at 6:00pm at the Board of Education Building, 1640 Buckhead Road, Madison, The meeting will focus on recruiting teams and team members and ways to begin fundraising for the community’s Relay For Life event, which supports the mission of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease. Teams can do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but they can also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites at the event. Relay For Life brings people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. “Morgan County has chosen the theme of Paint Your World Purple for 2016.

This theme will give us a wonderful opportunity to think creatively, bring new excitement, and infuse the community with purple passion,” said Julie Jay, ACS Relay For Life Community Manager. ” Relay For Life is all about the community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to finish the fight. Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Morgan community members know that cancer can be defeated.” If you would like to join the Relay For Life of Morgan County as a volunteer or participant, call the American Cancer Society at 706-543-2240, or visit RelayForLife.org/MorganGA.

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