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Peabody Relay for Life Kicks Off Season With 'The Big Picture'

The annual celebration to begin the planning and awareness of the local relay for cancer is Jan. 27 at Temple Beth Shalom.

[The following was submitted by the Peabody Relay for Life Committee.]

Peabody's Relay for Life will be hosting its annual Kick Off Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 27. The theme of this year's Kick Off  is "THE BIG PICTURE." Learn about healthy living, enter raffles, receive free giveaways, learn about the Relay, and sign up or join a team.

Taking place at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody, from 1-4 p.m., "THE BIG PICTURE" will feature numerous booths and demonstrations staffed by doctors, health officials, survivors, nutritionists and others who will be speaking and demonstrating healthy living ideas and easy lifestyle changes all designed to look at "THE BIG PICTURE" of preventing cancer or surviving cancer.

Visitors to the Celebration will enjoy quick and informative presentations at each of the demonstrations, and will enjoy talking directly with informed and experienced speakers.

The Peabody Relay for Life is one of the biggest and longest running Relays in this area. Last year over 500 participants walked in the Relay, while hundreds of friends and residents from surrounding areas attended and participated in the games, raffles, entertainment and ceremonies. Hundreds of cancer survivors were honored with a dinner and ceremony, and over 50 teams participated in the 24 hour event.

The 2013 Peabody Relay for Life Chairperson is Colleen Derrivan, a long-time active member of Relay and well-known resident of Peabody. The Honorary Chair for 2013 is Ed Lomasney, Jr., an executive with Eastern Bank and also a well-known resident of Peabody. Together with the Relay for Life Committee, Colleen and Ed are leading the fight against cancer, and they invite everyone to "RELAY BIG in 2013!"

For more information, visit www.RelayForLife.org/PeabodyMA.

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