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June 19, 2012

Memories make the Relay For Life basket auction special

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Teams get creative when trying to match the contents of a basket to a personality. A past basket of cleaning supplies honored a lady who kept a spotless home, while a basket of convenience foods poked loving humor at the idea that she would rather clean than cook.

As you stroll among the tables piled high with gaily-wrapped baskets and prizes, it is a strong reminder that cancer can strike anyone. It happens to the fisherman, the guy who plays poker, the doctor, the cleaning lady and the very young. While we have made great strides in cancer prevention, early detection and treatments, the battle continues. All proceeds from the Relay For Life of Lockport go to the American Cancer Society. In its 12th year, the local Relay has raised well nearly a million-and-a-half dollars for cancer education, services, research and advocacy. While many people will be winners of prizes large and small at the Relay auction, the real winner will be the American Cancer Society and those who are faced with the cancer diagnosis.

There is no admission to the Relay For Life and the community is invited to take part in activities that begin at 2 p.m. and continue through the night. Auction tickets will be sold from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a drawing following. Winners will be posted at the end of the Luminaria Ceremony and participants need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 per sheet of 25. Emmet Belknap is at 491 High St. Food, snacks and beverages will be available on site, with lots of free entertainment and activities for all ages. This year’s them is “Hoedown For Hope.” The Honorary survivors are the five Sammarco brothers, originally from Lockport, all of whom have beaten prostate cancer. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. and the Luminaria ceremony is at 10.

Let’s tip over some more bushels and let the light of our brightest and best shine through! There are a lot of people in our communities, people who do things without being asked and without expecting thanks. Send your information or nomination to the address below and we’ll turn on the light!

juliechatterbox@msn.com or Julie Obermiller, 8691 Lake Road No. 9, Barker NY 14012.

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