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Relay for Life of Brown County raising money and awareness

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 06 2013 10:54:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 11:40:48 AM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Cancer never sleeps and for one night, neither will many people in Brown County, because they will be participating in Friday's Relay for Life.

The event starts Friday at 7 p.m. and will go until 7 a.m. Saturday. 

To raise money, members of the Relay for Life of Brown County are auctioning off an Alan Jackson autographed guitar. So far the highest bid is about $1,750. That bidder has agreed to donate that amount regardless whether he wins the guitar or not. A guitar signed by Ted Nugent is also being auctioned. 

The event's chairperson Tammy Robinson said this is a great event that brings people together.

"We have an amazing community and amazing support here so we all kind of just stay together like a family," Robinson said.

She said there will be many activities happening at the relay, particularly some that will help kids understand about cancer.

Someone who knows all too well about cancer is Brownwood Bulletin reporter Amanda Leija.

Leija, who is this year's honorary survivor, was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2007, when she was 25 years old. 

Leija said she saw it coming since cancer ran in her family. Whether you know someone with cancer or not, Leija encourages everyone to come out Friday. 

"The relay is really amazing and you see people you know who you wouldn't realize they were survivors."

Even if you can't attend the Relay for Life of Brown County, but would like to bid or donate, you can call Kim Peterson at (325) 217-2210.