AEDC to take part in Relay for Life

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- The Coffee County Relay For Life event is trying several new things this year, one of those changes is Manchester and Tullahoma are combining to host a joint event.

For the first time, the organizers of the event are changing the day of the week and the time. The event is being held June 3 from 5-10 p.m. at the Coffee County Joint Industrial Park at 843 Joint Park Boulevard in Tullahoma.

AEDC employees are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is not a race; it is an event to raise money and awareness for cancer research and a large percentage of the monies raised at these local events are used to help local residents get the care they need.

Cancer has affected just about everyone at AEDC in one way or another. Almost everyone knows someone who is currently battling cancer, who has gone through it, or who hasn’t survived it which is why events like Relay For Life are so important.

I am a two-time cancer survivor and my husband Shawn and I, both AEDC DOD employees, coordinate the base’s involvement in the event. We have participated in the event since 2009 and have been captains of team REMEMBER since 2011.

Since 2009, AEDC teams have raised more than $35,000 for cancer research. Team REMEMBER has partnered with Zaxby’s in Manchester for Spirit Nights that will be held from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 10, March 11 and April 7. We will have flyers available for distribution and our team will receive a portion of the proceeds for every flyer that is turned in during those dates and times.

If you would like more information about Relay For Life, are interested in joining our team or starting your own, or would like to make a donation, call 454-4313 or 454-7824. Individuals can also register online at