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June 29, 2012

Joplin Relay for Life kicks off Saturday

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is back.

“This year, it’s really a celebration of fighting through and still standing,” said Joette Blades, community manager.

Relay for Life kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cunningham Park; the opening ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. The survivor lap and other survivor activities begin at 6 p.m., and the luminaria ceremony that honors cancer patients begins at 9:30 p.m. The event will wrap up by midnight.

The day will include performances by Felonious Monk, Offset Sunset and the Duke Mason Band. As part of the “County Fair” theme, Blades and event chairwoman Tina Johnson will compete in a kiss-a-pig contest.

Blades said participants are encouraged to bring water guns to beat the heat. Temperatures on Saturday are expected to reach 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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