Charlotte, N.C. – June 18, 2011— As the sun goes down on Friday, June 22, the stunning Duke Energy Center, located at 550 South Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, will be bathed in purple light to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s central business district, Duke Energy Center is the headquarters for Duke Energy Corp. and the home of several prestigious businesses. Throughout the spring and early summer, 27 Relay For Life events in the Charlotte area have raised more than $2,700,000 toward the $3,050,000 goal to support American Cancer Society efforts. The final Relay For Life event in the Charlotte area, Relay For Life of Huntersville, will take place June 22-23 at Richard Barry Memorial Park. For more information about participating in this event, or to donate, please visit relayforlife.org/northmecklenburg.
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to be represented on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people inAmericawho have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.