Quincy Relay for Life set to begin Friday night

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By Alice Du Pont

The East Gadsden Chapter of the American Cancer Society will sponsor the annual Relay For Life Friday and Saturday at the track field on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The event begins Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with a reception for survivors and ends Saturday at noon with the presentation of awards.

At 6 p.m. Friday night, the first lap for cancer survivors and caregivers will be led by the honorary chairperson, 17-year-old Amber Hill, a student at Tallahassee Community College.

"The reason we have one chairperson this year is because we are remembering two past chairpersons we lost this year: Jonathan Ambriz, who was only 11 years old, and Willie Robinson. Both of them passed recently," said Angie Hill, 2009 Relay chairperson for Gadsden County.

The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. The cost of each bag is $5 and donations will be accepted at the event.

The reverse beauty pageant begins at 10 p.m.

Cross Chiropractic Clinic will offer free massages at their campsite throughout the evening. The Scott Brothers Automotive Team will sell barbecue dinners at $7 each, and tickets can be purchased in advance from the business at 15 S. Main St. in Quincy. Gift baskets will be sold at the silent auction.

This year, a cancer prevention study will be held during the Relay. Hill said the study will help researchers. A licensed phlebotomy specialist will be on site throughout the evening.

"(Gadsden County) Sheriff Morris Young will be the first person to have his blood drawn for the study. We're looking for people between 35 and 60 who have never had cancer to help with this important study," Hill said.

Forty teams have signed up to help reach this year's goal of $82,000.