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June 14, 2014

80 teams participating in 2014 Relay for Life

Somerset —

Cancer affects many, many people.
That statement is obvious when considering the number of people working to raise money for the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Pulaski County. 
“There are 80 teams participating in this year’s Relay,” said Brooke Whitis, ACS representative for Pulaski County. “ ... That means there’s more awareness ... and there’s sadness that so many people are affected.”
Whitis said the number of fundraising teams may be a new record for Pulaski County, and she’s hoping for a big turnout at this year’s event, held at the Pulaski County High School track and football field. 
This year’s Relay for Life will continue many of traditions of past events. Whitis said the event will start at 6 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. — the overnight time lapse a representation of the exhausting journey a cancer patient takes in battling the disease. 
A survivors’ lap and a caregivers’ lap, and the Luminaria segment, during which those lost to the disease are remembered, are sure to be especially emotional for attendees. 
“I tell people ‘You’ll cry twice, once during the survivors’ lap and once during the Luminaria,’” said Whitis. “They know they can be sad, but they can rejoice because their loved ones have survived this.”
The event will begin with the running of the Relay Torch, led again by Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp. Tapp, as a judge, cannot actively raise money for any charity, but he can take part in the opening ceremony. 
But Tapp is happy to participate in any way he can.
“We get the honor of kicking it off,” said Tapp, who lost his wife, Patty, to cancer in 2010. 
This year, Tapp will be accompanied by a group of CrossFit Ignis members and others. They will begin on Oak Hill Road and run through downtown Somerset. 

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