Cushing, Oklahoma – May 8-9, 2009 – In its 10th year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Cushing.

Teams of Cushing residents will gather at O’Dell Field on May 8th at 7:00 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer.

Relay For Life, the Society’s signature event, is a life-changing experience that helps us celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and to fight back against a disease that takes too much. This unforgettable event raises awareness and funds to save lives, help those touched by cancer, and empower people to fight back against this disease.

This family-oriented team event features participants as they walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event. For questions or to find out how you can be involved in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Cushing please contact one of our chair people.

Committee Chair:Marcia Pixler 405-742-0548

Committee Co-Chair:Chris Pixler 405-612-1174

Team Development Chair: Tammy Houtchens 918-225-2012

Corporate Sponsorships Chair:Kelly Crooks 918-225-0602

Survivor and PR Chair:Dedra Morrata 918-225-6576

Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer,” said Marcia Pixler. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors that have been touched by cancer,” Marcia added.

The public is also invited to attend the Luminaria Ceremony, which will take place after sundown. To honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle the track rimmed with glowing luminarias while the names of survivors and those lost to the disease are read aloud. Luminarias are available for a donation of $5.00

Funds raised from Relay For Life support the American Cancer Society research program, which spends approximately $100 million each year on cancer research. The American Cancer Society dedicates more money to cancer research than any other private, not-for-profit, non-government funder of cancer research in the United States. Since the program began in 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested $3.1 billion dollars into cancer research; forty-two scientists who received funding from the American Cancer Society during their careers went to win the Nobel Prize.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit