OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County American Cancer Society Relay for Life planning committee invites the community to attend a Relay for Life Kickoff Party Feb. 5 at First Baptist Church Christian Activity Center in Thayer.
Julie Thompson of Alton will be the guest speaker this year and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Snacks are being provided by M&J Catering.
Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP Janey Thompson at 870-625-7469 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Team captain packets will be given out at the kickoff.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's version of an athletic relay, but with a new twist. Relay for Life is a family oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support activities of the American Cancer Society. "Participants camp at the relay site (the Thayer football field) May 21 and 22 and when they are not taking their turn walking they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment," event organizer Debbie Brawley said.
She said 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 Phillip Woods, event chairman. He said many participants are families, friends and neighbors who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their only involvement is proof of the progress that has been 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 Woods. "Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs."