The American Cancer Society invites individuals who want to honor cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer to join its Relay For Life, scheduled for August 4 and 5 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in Cherokee.
The Relay For Life Kickoff Rally will be held Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Middle School. The Relay Kickoff is an opportunity for families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, companies, etc., to come together to kick off the Relay For Life season and the local event.
Information about the Relay and how you can help raise money to fight cancer for your community will be introduced. This rally is a great chance to gain ideas on how your team can play an active role in the Relay. Team captains or anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Relay are invited to join the Cherokee Relay For Life committee as they begin another year of fighting cancer in Cherokee. Please join them for a rally of information, snacks, and fun to fight cancer.
Questions about the Kickoff Rally or team information may be directed to Betty Resch at 225-5436.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a park relay style to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminarias around the park in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and one day, cancer will be eliminated. In 1985, Relay For Life began with one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt, who walked and ran around a track for 24-hours raising $27,000.
In the past 21 years, funds raised from Relay For Life has helped the American Cancer Society save lives through expanding research, provided greater access to cancer information, passed legislation to protect public health and provided access to health care, and offered programs and services to cancer patients and their families. For more information anytime, call toll free 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.