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American Cancer Society Award recognizes Relay For Life of Fannin County for Spirit of Relay Award
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Apr 27, 2014
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BONHAM, TX --  The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Fannin County has been selected by the Society as the winner of the 2013 Spirit of Relay Award. The award was chosen from nearly 5,100 community Relay For Life events across the nation and in 20 other countries worldwide.

The Spirit of Relay Award is presented to the top Relay For Life for its “Hope’s Herd” campaign focusing on yard signs and special fundraising.

“Our community is dedicated to helping further the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. This much appreciated recognition underscores Fannin County’s commitment to support the Society’s many vital programs and services that benefit people in our community and around the world,”said Brenda Ratcliff, senior manager of Relay For Life in north Texas.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay celebrates people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

“By raising more money and involving more people in Relay For Life, Fannin County is enhancingits investment in the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving livesby helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back,” added Ratcliff.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345 or by visiting


About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit