Relay plans Feb. 1Published 11:40pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers in Edwardsburg and surrounding areas — walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference — to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2012 event.
The volunteer committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Edwardsburg Fire Department.
The meeting will begin planning process for the Relay for Life of Edwardsburg, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding and by fighting back against the disease.
“Relay for Life is the community’s chance to unite in the fight against cancer and support the American Cancer Society’s effort to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Chad King, event chairman.
Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Edwardsburg know that cancer can be defeated.
The event is held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at Edwardsburg Middle School with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the event, signifying that cancer never sleeps.
Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the Relay.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Edwardsburg has set the 2012 event date for July 28-29 at Edwardsburg Middle School, starting at 10 a.m.
Relay for Life is the society’s signature event, dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight cancer.
“Relay for Life provides a venue where everyone can celebrate, remember, and fight back,” King said. “It is truly inspiring to witness the cancer survivors in our community celebrate their victory over the disease. The Luminaria Ceremony gives us a time to Remember those who we’ve lost.”
For more information about Relay for Life, forming a team or volunteering, contact Chad King at (574) 215-8051.
Donations can be made to this local relay for Life event, and participants can start a team by visiting www.relay ofrlife.org/edwardsburmi.