OREGON COUNTY-- The American Cancer Society's signature event, Relay for Life, is coming to Oregon County in 2003.
An informational meeting will be held Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Warm Fork Restaurant in Thayer. Anyone interested in learning more about Relay for Life is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning committee, put together a team of eight to 15 people, prepare luminaria bags, register cancer survivors and more.
"If you are passionate about eliminating cancer, you need to be involved with Relay for Life," said Katherine Trombetta, income specialist for the American Cancer Society.
She said each year there are more than 3,000 relays held across the nation raising millions of dollars for cancer research, advocacy, education programs and services supported by the American Cancer Society.
Several relays will be held in surrounding counties in 2003 including Howell, Carter, Texas, Butler, Wright and Douglas. "Now Oregon County will join the ranks of communities taking a stand against cancer," Trombetta said.
Relay for Life is a 12-hour overnight, team fund-raising event. Groups of eight to 15 people from teams raise money prior to the relay. The night of the event, team members take turns walking at a local track or park.
The event kicks off on Friday night with official opening ceremonies, and the ceremonial first lap walked by cancer survivors and their caregivers. Then the fun begins with food, games, live entertainment and contests.
At around 9 p.m. everyone stops for a luminaria ceremony. Luminaria bags line the track and spell the word "HOPE" in the stands.
Each bag is purchased in honor of someone who has survived cancer or in memory of someone who has died. It is the most emotional part of the relay, and it brings home the purpose of the event.To learn more about the relay, call Trombetta at ACS at 1-800-915-8350 or e-mail her at Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.