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ALACHUA/HIGH SPRINGS – Organizers and volunteers for Relay for Life, a signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, have been gearing up for weeks for tonight’s Pink and Purple on the Patio event, sponsored by the Great Outdoors, and also for the upcoming culmination of Relay for Life at Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua.

Good food, live music and a full bar are available at The Great Outdoors Restaurant, 18587 High Springs Main Street, from 5 – 8 p.m. Let the server know which team you support as the Great Outdoors will donate a percentage of the proceeds to Relay for Life or to your Relay for Life Team. This year’s theme is “United We Stand, United We Relay!” The top sponsors for this event are Waste Pro and Taylor’d HVAC Services Inc.

Coming up next month is the culmination of a considerable amount of fundraising efforts at Relay for Life of Alachua and High Springs. April 13 from 6 – 10 p.m., volunteers, cancer survivors and their caregivers will join together at the Hal Brady Alachua Recreation Complex, 14300 N.W. 146th Terrace, Alachua, to honor cancer survivors. There will be food and games available.

Luminaria bags, small bags decorated with names and sometimes messages to the people they are dedicated to, are lit at night in remembrance of a life touched by cancer. They can be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome it.

“It is not too late to start a team or join an existing team,” said American Cancer Society Event Organizer Stevie Doyle. In addition to going online to sign up, Doyle can answer questions and steer potential volunteers toward team captains who might need some extra help. She can be reached via email at stevie.doyle@cancer.org or by calling 352-240-5055.

Helping hands are always needed the day of the event. For those people who want to get involved, but cannot commit their time to a team, there are many ways they can help. Tents need to go up, luminaria bags need to be lit at night, funds need to be collected and counted. Organizers agree that there are many small ways to help out that make a huge difference.

This year something new has been added to the Relay for Life event. A fireworks display by the “Detonators” is planned for 10 p.m. to end this year’s Relay for Life. “It’s also a fun way to celebrate our cancer survivors, their caregivers and all the volunteers who made this year’s Relay for Life so successful,” said Doyle.

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ALACHUA/HIGH SPRINGS – Organizers and volunteers for Relay for Life, a signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, have been gearing up for weeks for tonight’s Pink and Purple on the Patio event, sponsored by the Great Outdoors, and also for the upcoming culmination of Relay for Life at Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua.

Good food, live music and a full bar are available at The Great Outdoors Restaurant, 18587 High Springs Main Street, from 5 – 8 p.m. Let the server know which team you support as the Great Outdoors will donate a percentage of the proceeds to Relay for Life or to your Relay for Life Team. This year’s theme is “United We Stand, United We Relay!” The top sponsors for this event are Waste Pro and Taylor’d HVAC Services Inc.

Coming up next month is the culmination of a considerable amount of fundraising efforts at Relay for Life of Alachua and High Springs. April 13 from 6 – 10 p.m., volunteers, cancer survivors and their caregivers will join together at the Hal Brady Alachua Recreation Complex, 14300 N.W. 146th Terrace, Alachua, to honor cancer survivors. There will be food and games available.

Luminaria bags, small bags decorated with names and sometimes messages to the people they are dedicated to, are lit at night in remembrance of a life touched by cancer. They can be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone currently battling cancer, or anyone who has overcome it.

“It is not too late to start a team or join an existing team,” said American Cancer Society Event Organizer Stevie Doyle. In addition to going online to sign up, Doyle can answer questions and steer potential volunteers toward team captains who might need some extra help. She can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 352-240-5055.

Helping hands are always needed the day of the event. For those people who want to get involved, but cannot commit their time to a team, there are many ways they can help. Tents need to go up, luminaria bags need to be lit at night, funds need to be collected and counted. Organizers agree that there are many small ways to help out that make a huge difference.

This year something new has been added to the Relay for Life event. A fireworks display by the “Detonators” is planned for 10 p.m. to end this year’s Relay for Life. “It’s also a fun way to celebrate our cancer survivors, their caregivers and all the volunteers who made this year’s Relay for Life so successful,” said Doyle.

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Email cwalker@

alachuatoday.com