Relay for Life is coming to Ville Platte

More than three million people in the United States have done it. They’ve joined the fight against cancer by participating in Relay For Life, the signature event of the American Cancer Society. Last year, more than 4,800 communities nationwide participated in Relay For Life and raised more than $407 million, making the event the largest fund raiser in the U.S. Relay For Life is coming to Ville Platte Saturday, May 24th at Ville Platte High School, starting at 6 p.m.

Relay For Life is an overnight fund-raising event filled with activities, fun and community spirit. All funds raised at Relay For Life support American Cancer Society programs designed to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through research, education, advocacy and patient services. Two new events for Relay For Life this year are the State Open BBQ Cook-Off and the Children’s and Queen’s Pageants. The BBQ is open to all aspiring chefs with four categories of entry: pork, potato salad, baked beans, and rice dressing. The entry fee per team is $75 and cook-off time is 6 p.m. The first annual Miss and Master Relay For Life Children’s Pageant will begin at 8:30 a.m. and entry fees are $25 per contestant and the Queen’s Pageant will begin at 1:30 p.m. with entry fees of $50.

The impact of cancer is clear. More than nine million cancer survivors are living today. This year in Louisiana, an estimated 23,890 people will be diagnosed with cancer. Additionally, more than 9,600 Louisianans will die of cancer this year. Survivors are our hope. We invite all cancer survivors to attend our cancer survivor celebration, as survivors are the guests of honor for the night. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and a reception will follow the celebration.

For more information about participating in Relay For Life, contact Holly Domingue at the American Cancer Society at 337-237-3797 or

For more information about Relay For Life or cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

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