ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. --
This year's Coffee County Relay For Life is April 24 in Manchester. AEDC employees are encouraged to participate in the 2015 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. A new twist to Relay For Life this year is that it starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Friday night - so it is just a six-hour event rather than an all-night event.
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.
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.
Prior to the event, Team REMEMBER will hold a bake sale for donations and the Coffee County organization will present "Dancing with the Manchester Stars" on Jan. 24. Both fundraisers are still in the planning stages with more information to come.
If you would like more information about Relay For Life, joining team REMEMBER, starting a new team or would like to make a donation, please call 454-4313. Individuals can also register online at www.relayforlife.org/coffeetn