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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Relay for Life cancer fundraiser meeting Oct. 26 at Smyrna High

  • The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers and teams for the first ever Relay For Life at Smyrna High School. 


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  • The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers and teams for the first ever Relay For Life at Smyrna High School. 
    Organizers are holding a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., at Smyrna High School to share with residents the importance of Relay For Life in the fight against cancer.
    Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones lost, commit to fight back through healthy lifestyle changes, and raise money for the fight against cancer.  This is the first time the community will have their own Relay for Life event, which takes place May 18-19, 2012.
    “Relay For Life is an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as much as it is a fundraiser,” said Michael Shaner, co-chair for the American Cancer Society event. “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer,” added Staci Lewis, event chair.
    Members of the community develop teams who gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest grassroots fundraising event in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups ... people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.
    Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way.
    If you would like to serve as a team captain, event volunteer, sponsor, or to just gain additional information, please attend the initial meeting Wednesday night or contact the organization at SmyrnaClaytonRelayforLife@gmail.com or at 302-643-9122.
    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.

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