Kemper County celebrates life during program

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DeKalb was filled with excitement as Kemper County cancer survivors celebrated life at the McRae/Keyes Park.

The COVID-19 Pandemic limited the usual Relay For Life activities this year, causing the Survivor’s Luncheon and Relay for Life night to be canceled.

But cancer survivors and those taken by the dread disease and their families were remembered and recognized during the celebration. 

 Twenty-seven torches burned while a special program took place. There were prayers by ministers Steven and Brenda Lockley, a welcome by Mayor Clark Adams, songs by Minister Robert Bohannon and Roy VanDevender, a survival poem by Dorothy Bradford, and roll call of survivors by Grace and Larry Gibson.

Mary McIntosh lit the survivor’s candle and Jeanie Kilpatrick lit the memory candle.  Bonnie White and Carolyn Palmer presided while Totsseta Hearn named the sponsors of the occasion.  Special goody bags had been prepared for the survivors by Mississippi Homemaker volunteers.  A Survivors and Caregivers Walk took place, followed by a balloon release.

Donations to Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society may be mailed to Bonnie White at 49 Pooles Mill Road before June 30. 


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