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Busy weekend in Vicksburg kicked off with tremendous Relay for Life

Vicksburg is a community that comes together for those in need. On Friday night this was evident as hundreds gathered at Vicksburg High School’s Memorial Stadium for the city’s annual Relay For Life.

Those participating included cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and supporters.

The local event included a cancer survivor walk along the track and game booths scatted on the football field that were sponsored by Relay For Life teams.

This year’s theme was “Royal Affair” and Cheryl Lloyd served as Queen Hope at the Hawkins United Methodist Church’s Castle Cure booth.

Lloyd said they had about 25 to 30 cancer survivors who were members of their church and five members currently under going treatment.

“We also lost a young member last year,” Lloyd said, adding this was one of the reasons Hawkins got involved with the Relay For Life event.

Cherry Ozburn, who was also in attendance said she was at Relay For Life to fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ozburn had been diagnosed in May 2016 with the cancer, but had just learned she was now cancer free.

“I will fight against Hodgkins lymphoma because God chose me to fight it,” she said.

More positives in Vicksburg this week:

  • On Saturday, the annual Red Carpet Classic Auto Show was held at Blackburn Motor Company as a fundraiser for the Haven House Family Shelter.

“I couldn’t think of a better charity to donate to,” Vicksburg Cruiser Car Club treasurer Micky Parker said. Club president Pete Dionne said they have a vote every year before the show to decide who to donate to, and every year the vote is unanimous in favor of Haven House.

The money raised from the car show is used by Haven House to cover expenses that grant money cannot be used toward.

“It really helps us out,” Haven House executive director Georgia Grodowitz said.

“There are so many things that we can use that money for that are unforeseen expenses and costs to help people that come in and are victims of domestic violence.”

  • More than 100 people took to the streets in downtown Vicksburg Saturday and walked a mile in support of the Center for Pregnancy Choices. The annual Walk for Life serves as a fundraiser for the Center for Pregnancy Choices, which supports women with pre-natal care, free pregnancy tests, assistance with Medicaid and more.