Plans Underway for 2008 American Cancer Society Relay For Life

January 19, 2008

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of DeKalb County is getting underway! Plan to register your team by attending the Kick-Off Celebration on January 28th starting at 5:30 pm. This “celebration of life” brings the DeKalb community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life is scheduled for May 9th 2008 at Greenbrook Park.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to help eliminate cancer. Participants camp out at the Relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. The event helps communities celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals, and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

“Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront,” said Ivadell Randolph , event chair. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not only reducing death 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 patient services,” said Casey Midgett. “Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors like: Liberty State Bank, DeKalb Community Bank, Regions Bank, Wal-Mart Smithville, DeKalb Shell Market, Shiroki North America, Inc., Tenneco, Smithville Curves for Ladies, DeKalb Community Hospital, & Dr. Dana Thompson, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s funding of cutting edge research & lifesaving programs.”

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available by calling chairman Ivadell Randolph at: 615 597 5296. or you can visit the RFL DeKalb website online at http://events.cancer.org/rfldekalbtn. You will be able to check out our event, sign up as a team or volunteer, request a Relay Luminaria, or just see what Relay is all about!

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org

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