ADA — The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life Team Captain Kick-off was held Friday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Ada. The meeting outlined the procedures of the event and discussed ways to raise funds in the search for a cure.

Co-chairman Linda Stone outlined how and where the money raised for Relay For Life is utilized.

"The money is used to research new drugs to help fight cancer," she said. "It is also used to help purchase wigs for ladies and teach them how to fix their makeup and hair. It's called the 'Look Good, Feel Better' program."

Stone also said that the money is used to help send kids that have cancer to camp.

"For a moment they can just be a kid and enjoy what kids enjoy," she said.

According to Stone, Monetary donations are also used to help patients with expenses for traveling to receive treatments, to fund the American Cancer Society's 24 hour hot line, and to fund 26 grants within the four state area that includes Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri.

"As you can see, the money raised each year goes for many different causes," she said. "The next time someone asks you for a donation or to be a team for the Relay event, you will know how many ways you are contributing to help fight cancer."

Subsequent meetings for team captains will be held at the Ada Chamber of Commerce beginning on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. The Relay For Life event will be held on June 2, 2006 at Norris Stadium on the East Central University campus.

For more information, visit the Pontotoc county Relay for Life's website at www.acsevents.org/relay/ok/pontotoc.

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