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By Erin Smith

The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope.

Event Chairman Mary Williams said the speaker for this year’s Survivor’s Gala will be the Rev. Lorraine Jackson of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. She is a 32-year cancer survivor.

All cancer survivors and their caregivers are encouraged to attend. Williams said there will be a meal, the Rev. Jackson will speak and there will be live entertainment. There will be an announcement forthcoming regarding the live entertainment. The event is free to cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Williams said the annual Bladen County Relay for Life event is planned for Saturday, April 27th, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School athletic field.  She also said the deadline for sponsorship logos, T-shirts, team names, and Rosebush orders is Friday, March 29th, 2019. Teams and individuals are encouraged to enter their orders quickly.

Williams also said there are sponsorship opportunities this year for Bladen County businesses. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000. For more information about sponsorships, contact Williams at 910-991-6325.

It’s not too late to enter a team. To enter, you can attend one of the team meetings or go to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY19SER?pg=entry&fr_id=91432 and click on join this Relay and follow the directions.

There will also be two more meetings on Tuesday, April 9th, and again on Tuesday, April 23rd. Both meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. Williams said the meeting on April 23rd will be open to team captains and committee chairmen only.