Relay For Life of Paulding County kicked off its drive to its 2014 event at a kickoff breakfast Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Paulding County Senior Center in Dallas. Those who attended the event were among the first to hear the big news about this year’s Relay: It will be the first major event to be held in Veterans Park, currently under construction in front of the Watson Government Complex in Dallas.
Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin was on hand to make the announcement. An eight-year survivor of prostate cancer, Austin shared with attendees his personal story about being diagnosed before announcing the new location for this year’s Relay event. He also stressed the importance of supporting the American Cancer Society and its Relay For Life movement.
“Cancer has no friends. That’s why Relay [For Life] is so great—to keep money coming for research,” Austin said. “Sometime, hopefully in my lifetime, we’ll be able to beat this awful disease.”
“We’re excited that y’all chose the Veterans Park for the next event, and I think you’ll be proud to be there,” he added.
Amenities at the park will include an amphitheater, a half-mile trail, restroom facilities, Wi-Fi and access to power outlets.
“There are all these amazing, wonderful things that we’re going to have [at this year’s event],” said Debbie Freeman of Relay For Life of Paulding County.
Watch the entire announcement here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZM0mFJPDB4&feature=youtu.be
Should construction of Veterans Park be delayed, the Relay event will instead take place in Dallas’ White Oak Park, which has been the site of the event the past two years.
We’re just under three months away from Relay For Life of Paulding County’s 2014 event, and if you’re not yet involved, there’s plenty of time to start or join a team. Click here to find out how you can get involved.