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Relay For Life Starts On Friday The 13th

Under old superstitions, Friday the 13th is generally considered an unlucky day.

But Rachel Kinsman, cochairman of the American Cancer Society annual Relay For Life, said, “I know it will be good luck for us.”

Relay For Life is an 18-hour fund-raiser, held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Teams of families, friends, corporations, and others walk the midway at the fairgrounds, collecting pledges for distance traveled, or raise donations other ways.

“A lot of teams do their own fund-raisers, selling flowers, having garage sales, or a chicken barbecue,” she said.

The event starts at 6 pm Friday, and runs until noon Saturday, June 14.

There will a number of fun events, including the Miss Relay Contest where men- dressed as women compete for the title of Miss Relay.

Kinsman said this year’s goal is $128,000, up from last year’s $120,000 goal.

“But any amount is great. It’s more than we started with,” she said.

Fulton County Relay For Life started over 10 years ago, and has grown over the last few years.

“The county does a great job backing it,” she said.

Some of the money generated stays in Fulton County, funding programs for local cancer patients and their families.

One example she cited was the cancer society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program, which helps women fighting cancer improve their appearance, and as a result, feel better.

Some of the money does go to cancer research, and Kinsman said some of the dollars come back to the University of Toledo and The Ohio State University.

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