Ennis Families and Friends Use Hearts and Feet to Fight Cancer
(Ennis, Texas) — Walkers (and joggers) will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ennis.
Teams of Ennis residents will gather at Texas Motorplex on April 24 at 6 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.
This is the first year the event has been held at the Texas Motorplex.
“The Motorplex is glad to be a part of such an important event for the Ennis community,” Glenn Menard, president of the Motorplex, said. “We have had thousands of Ennis residents that have been employees here and have been affected by cancer and we are glad to do our part to help the American Cancer Society and the Ennis Relay for Life.”
“Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer,” Denise Hodges, American Cancer Society representative, said. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors who serve as reminders that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors who have been touched by cancer.”
All are invited to attend the luminaria ceremony, which takes place after sundown. To honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors circle the track rimmed with glowing luminaria (candle lanterns) while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by calling (972) 878-5439.
Funds raised at Relay For Life will enable the American Cancer Society to support local services and resources for cancer patients and their families. Funds also support critical cancer research and community education programs designed to teach people how to reduce their risk of developing cancer.
Relay For Life events take place in nearly every community throughout Texas, raising millions of dollars for the fight against cancer.
To locate a Relay For Life event and find out how you can get involved, please call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.