ACS survivors' breakfast set for morning of Relay

The annual American Cancer Society (ACS) Survivors' Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8-9 a.m. at Happy Heart's Senior Citizens Center on Market Street before the first-ever Color Fun Run starts during the Massac County Relay For Life event.

The sorority sisters of Psi Eta will host a free complimentary breakfast for those in Massac County who have battled all forms of cancer and those who are still in treatment.

All survivors and a guest are welcome to attend and enjoy a morning of fellowship and homemade goodies, including a variety of casseroles, muffins, cheese grits, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee.

The Colors of Cancer Color Fun Run/Walk registration will begin immediately after the breakfast at 9 a.m. with the non-timed run starting at 10 a.m.

Pre-event registration fees are $20 for adults; $10 for children, 10 and under; and children 2 and under are free.

Day of event registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. Included with registration, all participants will receive a T-shirt and Fun Run goodie bag.

What is a color run? It is a family-friendly untimed event with no official winners or race times, and participants may run or walk.

At each color stop, participants are doused from head to toe in a different colored powder. Participants wear white at the starting line and finish the run covered in color.

Once the run is over, the fun continues with music, photo ops, activity booths, vendors and a final massive color throw.

Lisa Davis, event leader, adds, "Awards will be given for most colorful, best outfit and more, so feel free to go all out."

The name Colors of Cancer comes from the various forms of cancer and the color associated with each.

The Fun Run will help raise money for the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life of Southern Seven Counties.

ACS is the only organization fighting cancer on every front. Funds raised from these events allow the ACS to attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer -- from developing breakthrough therapies and innovative research, to building supportive communities that come together to help those affected by cancer with access to treatment.

The ACS provides empowering resources to deploy activists to raise awareness and develop game-changing approaches to address the cancer burden for all people.

Vendors will begin setting up their tents at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21. Some vendors will include makeup, home baked goods and homemade dishrags, mini doughnuts, haircuts, plus much more.

"The Relay for Life committee has worked hard this year to try and make this a successful Relay to raise funds needed for research and services provided by the ACS. We would like to encourage the whole community to come up on Market Street on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. to support the cause," said Davis. "You can support the Relay by supporting the many vendors and local businesses who will be set up along Market Street. Many businesses on Market are contributing a portion of their sales on this one-day in support of the relay.

"We also have several restaurants that will be contributing a percentage of that day's sales total to the Relay, so you can continue enjoying your day after the event by patronizing on of those restaurants," added Davis.

For additional information, contact Davis at 618-638-2444, nahury2@comcast.net; or Olivia Majerchin, ACS staff partner, at 404-653-5323 or Olivia.majerchin@cancer.org.

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