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Rockwall Relay For Life tonight at Cain raises funds to battle cancer

ROCKWALL – For the past two years, Rockwall real estate broker Lance Holland (above), the co-owner of Regal Realtors, has been battling cancer.

So have other well-known area residents, including Rockwall County Commissioner Dennis Bailey, former Fate Mayor David Hill and commercial real estate associate Jamie Chism Leonie – the wife of Assistant Attorney General Andrew Leonie.

The list goes on and on.

To raise funds for cancer research in hopes of someday bringing an end to cancer, hundreds of area residents are expected to join together tonight – all night long – to walk and run as teams and individuals at the annual Rockwall American Cancer Society “Relay For Life” at Cain Middle School, 6620 FM 3097/Horizon Rd. (at the intersection of State Highway 549).

It’s one of thousands of similar events hosted nationwide that brings together over 3.5 million people and raises millions of dollars annually.

The overnight Rockwall event begins at 7 pm and ends at 7 am tomorrow morning on the track around the Cain football field.

“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease,” said event coordinator Carla Brooks.

“At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.”

“Although every Relay For Life is different, there are certain traditions at all Relays, no matter where they are held. These traditions help participants celebrate, remember, and fight back.”

The highlight of the traditions is called the Luminaria Ceremony.

“After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony,” said Brooks. “Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, and participants often walk a lap in silence.”

According to the Rockwall event website, over $53,000 dollars have been raised, as of this morning.

Leading individual fund-raisers are Rockwall ISD Board member Leigh Plagens ($3,375), Justin Holland (the son of Lance Holland – $3,092) and Dwain Smith ($2,850).

Leading team fund-raisers are “Walkers of the Light” ($8,941), “Cure In Action” ($4,677) and “Presbyterian Pathfinders” ($4,297).

Leading local event sponsors include Tenet Healthcare, Applebee’s, Commerce Street Capital, Lake Pointe Medical Center, Lakeside Chevrolet, Nestle, TMG – Technology Media Group, Wal-Mart Foundation, Belfiore Salon & Day Spa, Bella Harbor Hilton, Chic-Fil-a, Chili’s Rockwall, Regal Realtors, Service King Collision Repair Services, Texas Health Resources / Presbyterian Hospital…and dozens more.

To register or for info, see the website or email Brooks at cbrooks_heath@sbcglobal.net.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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