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News Community Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors; Relay set for Saturday

Stephanie Crabtree was the speaker at the survivors banquet. Diagnosed at age 16, Crabtree’s talk focused on being given a second chance. Her question for all cancer survivors: “What will you do with your second chance?”Relay for Life of Franklin will be held Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the Franklin High School football field. In the past, the event was be an all-night event rather than all-day. Admission is free. Parking is free.

Co-chairs of this year's event are Tammy Dills and Jean Crane, and the theme is “Country Folks Can Survive, Fightin’ For A Cure.” This year’s goal is to raise $80,000.

Almost 40 teams will be participating, however, you do not have to be a member of a team to attend.

A welcome and kick off ceremony with Tammy Dills and Jean Crane will begin at 10 a.m.

Events and various types of entertainment throughout the day include a bouncy house, inflatable slide, children's games, dunking booth, sumo wrestling, corn hole tournaments, face painting, pie eating contest, bake sales, and raffles. Many delicious items to eat will be available such as BBQ, pinto beans, roasted corn on the cob, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, ham biscuits, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, sloppy joes, and corn dogs.

A free cancer survivor’s dinner was held Thursday, May 23, at Iotla Baptist Church, who prepared the meal and provided the entertainment. This year’s Relay for Life theme is “Country Folks Can Survive, Fightin’ For A Cure”. Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Franklin High School football field.—10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Dr. San Ho Choi will conduct free skin cancer screenings.

— 3:30 to 8 p.m. the American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site accepting donations. Call (828)369-9221 for appointments.

— 6:30 p.m. - Cancer Survivor Recognition, Cancer Survivor Lap and Celebration. Carrie Hahn, RN at Angel Medical Center, a breast cancer survivor, will speak. Rhonda Hefner Bateman will sing.

— 9 p.m. - Luminary service. Speaker Maria Tallent, was caregiver to her mother who lost her battle to lymphoma and multiple cancers in 1998. Faith Drake, soloist. Kerri Nye is Luminary Chairperson.

— 10 p.m. Concluding ceremony.

For more info, visit the Facebook page under "Relay for Life of Franklin NC" and a website at Enter the zip code to find Franklin's page.

Co-chair Jean Crane is all dressed in her country garb and stands next to a quilt featuring the different themes for Relay for Life over the years. Photos by Ellen BishopValerie Norton and Sarah Bishop

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