CELEBRATE COMMUNITY: Relay for Life kickoff set for Jan. 21

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The Destin Log

FORT WALTON BEACH — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fort Walton Beach invites the community to help kick off the 25th season on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 1 Meigs Drive, Shalimar.

They’re launching this year’s Relay season with these activities:

It’s a Football Chili Cook-Off. Show off your favorite team gear and your chili skills while earning points for your team. Points will be awarded all night.

PHOTOS: Relay for Life at Choctaw High in 2018

The Relay For Life movement continues to be the largest peer-to-peer fundraising event with 2.5 million participants globally uniting to save lives from cancer, according to a press release from the Fort Walton Beach Relay for Life.

This year’s Relay For Life event will be held on April 25 at 3 p.m. at Choctawhatchee High School, 110 Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach.

The Relay For Life of Fort Walton Beach is an opportunity to celebrate people who have been touched by cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action for lifesaving change.

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Symbolizing the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer, the event can last up to 24 hours and empowers communities to take a stand against cancer.

Since 1985, Relay For Life events have raised nearly $6.5 billion for the American Cancer Society.

ACS estimates that 1 out of 3 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Funds raised at Relay For Life events help the ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research, and gives cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Join the Relay For Life movement in any of these ways:

• Attend the kickoff celebration.

• Start or join a fundraising team.

• Volunteer to help plan or organize the event.

• Make a donation.

• Invite a cancer survivor to be celebrated, or if you’re a survivor, join the event.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit or