Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

County Relay gearing up

March 15, 2007

Eudora has sponsored the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in the past, but will not have a Relay in 2007. However, plans are under way for the Relay For Life of Douglas County from 7 p.m. June 8 to 7 a.m. June 9 in Lawrence. Eudora teams are encouraged to participate.

Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fund-raising walk in the nation. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

Relay For Life is an overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

A team captain meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 29 in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St., Lawrence. Team captains will be able to register teams and pick up team packets.

Information about registering a team or how to form a team is available by calling the American Cancer Society in Topeka at (800) 359-1025 or by e-mailing Stacie.schroeder@cancer.org.

Survivors and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in the team event. The Douglas County Relay For Life will take place at the track at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence.

"Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront," event co-chair Tina Yates said. "Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not just in cancer cure rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment.

"The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and services to patients," Yates said. "The money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs."

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization, dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour help line at (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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