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Relay for Life postponed

To the Editor:

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sadly will have to postpone the Martin County Relay for Life scheduled for June 27 in Fairmont. A new event is pending.

We want to do what’s best for our community, and especially our survivors, who are currently going through treatments and would be at increased risk of contracting the virus.

This is a difficult time for everyone with the stay-at-home order in place and businesses closed. We aren’t doing much fundraising and have not sent out sponsorship letters, but we are still selling luminarias, taking donations and sponsorship donations if you are able to and would like to give. You can donate through our website at relayforlife.org or send us an email at martincorfl1@gmail.com and we will help you personally.

The funds contributed through Relay for Life will help in research, honor survivors and remember loved ones, but also help give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Whether we are able to have a Relay or not, any donations will still go to American Cancer Society. Our mission matters more than ever. The needs of people facing cancer continue and so does the work of the American Cancer Society. During this difficult time, cancer won’t stop, and neither will we.

When we figure out how we can safely honor our survivors and remember our lost loved ones at an event, I will put a notice in the paper and on our Facebook page: Relay for Life of Martin County.

Thank you all for being supporters of Relay for Life.

Also as a reminder, May is Brain Cancer Awareness and Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With more than 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. See your doctor for a preventive screening.

Marsha Williams

Martin County Relay for Life

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