Rubber duck race kicks off Relay for Life fundraising season

Stephanie McNeese, left, served as team captain for Citizens Tri-County Bank’s 2015 Relay for Life team, which placed first for raising $4,382. At right is Joan Pepper with the Cato’s Family and Friends team, which placed second with $4,225 raised. The money benefits the American Cancer Society. For more information contact Pepper at (931) 581-0433 or joanlpepper77@gmail.com or Diane Douglass (931) 247-0904. –Photo Provided

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is kicking off its 2016 fundraising year with an event planned for Oct. 3 at D.W. Wilson Community Center’s Splash Island, according to community manager of Mid-South Division Samantha Chamblee.

The “Rubber Ducky Dash” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Splash Island’s Lazy River. Supporters will purchase rubber ducks for $5 and watch them race to the finish line. The winning rubber duck will receive $250.

Stephanie McNeese, left, served as team captain for Citizens Tri-County Bank’s 2015 Relay for Life team, which placed first for raising $4,382. At right is Joan Pepper with the Cato’s Family and Friends team, which placed second with $4,225 raised. The money benefits the American Cancer Society. For more information contact Pepper at (931) 581-0433 or joanlpepper77@gmail.com or Diane Douglass (931) 247-0904.

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All funds collected from the purchase of the rubber ducks will support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program.

The ducks may be purchased at Cato Fashions, 2111 N. Jackson St. The race is set to begin at noon.

According to Chamblee, last year’s Relay for Life efforts raised $34,000 from 12 teams, including Blessed Hope Pentecostal Church, Crossfit Tullahoma, GFWC Centennial Woman’s Club of Tullahoma, Harton Regional Medical Center, Life Care Center, Miles 4 Michael, Regions Bank, the Blue Flames, Tullahoma High School, and Wal-Mart.

“Money raised goes to cancer research and programs and services available to our community and other communities worldwide,” Chamblee said. “The American Cancer Society has been a part of almost ever cancer breakthrough and we couldn’t do it without these wonderful volunteers.

“Now it’s time to kick off our 2016 fundraising year with our first ever Ducky Dash. We are looking for anyone who wants to fight back against cancer and help save lives.”

For more information contact Joan Pepper at 931-581-0433 or joanlpepper77@gmail.com or Diane Douglass at 931-247-0904.

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