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Number One!

Cancer survivors walk the traditional first lap at the 2010 Bertie Relay for Life, held in May in Windsor. This year’s event was recognized by the American Cancer Society for leading the nation in money raised in its population category. File Photo

If they were any higher, they’d be touching the stars.

The American Cancer Society has recognized the Relay For Life of Bertie County as number one in the nation in its population category of 15,000 – 19,999. The acknowledgement is based upon funds raised by all teams in comparison to the per capita population.

The Relay For Life of Bertie County was spearheaded by Debbie Howard and Linda McNair-Moore, a one-two punch that led the 2010 event to net a total of $183,011.66 with a $9.68 per capita.

“We are very proud of the Relay For Life volunteers in Bertie County,” said Kelly Cross, ACS Community Manager in the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division. “Everyone works hard to make this event successful. Achieving a high national ranking like this one is proof that their work is being recognized and that this community is dedicated to the fight against cancer.”

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising event in the nation.

“The funds raised through Relay For Life events enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services,” added Cross. “Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and donors, the money raised by Relay For Life of Bertie County participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs.”

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at 252-333-5277.

You can also log onto www.relayforlife.org/bertie for more information.

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. For information about cancer, call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.