Relay for Life slated

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Jan Thompson

Staff Writer

OREGON COUNTY -- The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Oregon County is just around the corner and media coordinator for the event, Debbie Strain, said it is time to start registering teams. She said this can be done by turning in registration forms and fees to Carrie Wynn at the Bank of Thayer.

"Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money to fight cancer," Strain said.

She said survivors and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations and the public are invited to take part in team events. Relay For Life will take place from 7 p.m., May 16 to 7 a.m., May 17 at the Thayer High School football field.

"Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation," she said.

The event unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches, people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

"Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront," said Janey Thompson, event co-chair. "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," Thompson said.

She said the funds raised enables team members to continue their investment in the fight among cancer through research, education, advocacy and service to patients.

"Due to the generosity of corporate sponsors, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs," Thompson said.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in the Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at 1-800-915-8350.

For more information on cancer call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Strain said the American Cancer Society is a 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.

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