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SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007

West Limestone to play film as part of Relay events

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — Cancer never sleeps.

Neither will those who participate one weekend in May in the Relay for Life in Athens.

“We walk all night to signify that if cancer doesn’t sleep, we won’t either, and we won’t stop looking for a cure” said West Limestone 4-H Relay for Life captain Brittany Vinson.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s main fundraiser.

In Athens, community teams spend the night at the Sportsplex on U.S. 31. The West Limestone 4-H team has 27 members who attend West Limestone High School. It’s the only youth team.

Each team has a tent that offers activities such as karaoke, and team members take turns walking so that someone is representing the team throughout the night. Anyone can participate in the walk or activities.

Vinson said her team got permission to show the movie “Constellation,” filmed in part in Huntsville. The team opted for a movie because its theme is “Lights, Camera, Take Action for a Cure.”

The movie chronicles the lives and loves of a black family in the Deep South and an unrequited interracial affair.

“This is especially good news due to the fact that ‘Constellation’ will not hit store shelves for almost three weeks after our viewing,” Vinson said.

The team also is trying to get local stars to attend.

“Everybody is affected by cancer,” said Vinson, a freshman. “I’ve had several family members who have had cancer or have died from cancer.”

The Relay event is May 4-5. It starts Friday night at 7 with an opening ceremony.

A luminary ceremony will be at 10 p.m. Anyone can light a luminary for $5 in honor of someone battling cancer or who has survived cancer or in memory of someone who died from cancer.

The West Limestone team will show the movie after that ceremony around 10:30 p.m.

Teams will walk until 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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