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Relay for Life celebrates 10 years in Jamaica

Monday, May 28, 2012    

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Above, Melton Barnett, caretaker of the Jamaica Cancer Society, lights a luminaria bag in memory of his daughter, Denise Barnett.

The Jamaica Cancer Society will have much to celebrate on June 9 as they will be celebrating 10 years of Relay for Life here in Jamaica.

Relay for Life is an event that celebrates cancer survivorship. Teams of business associates, family members and friends will gather at the Police Officer's Club to walk for cancer.

The evening will kick off with the Cancer Survivors Victory Lap of Honour — these men and women are living proof that cancer is not a death sentence, but with early detection it can be defeated.

Later, bags with candles will be lit and placed around the track; each bag bearing the name of a cancer survivor or a loved one who lost the battle with the disease.

The cancer society hopes to raise $40 million which will be used to purchase a new mobile mammography unit so they can conduct screening for breast cancer in those under-served communities that have no access to screening facilities.

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