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June 17, 2013

Relay for Life Goes Hollywood

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(Three Rivers, MI) – Take part in a global movement right in your own community by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of St. Joseph County – Three Rivers. Relay For Life is the largest grassroots effort to fight cancer with more than 5,200 fundraising events around the world. In fact, nearly 1 in every 100 Americans participates in Relay For Life. This inspiring, family friendly event is planned for June 21 & 22 at the Three Rivers High School track. The 24-hour event will take place from noon to noon.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at a high school athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, and faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – to further the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

The theme of this year’s event is “Lights! Camera! Relay!” Teams are encouraged to decorate their tent sites in a way that best exemplifies Hollywood to them – either through movies, music, television, or stage.

The Relay For Life steering committee has been working hard to plan family-friendly events that will take place throughout the entire 24 hours. Many local artists will be taking the stage throughout the night on Friday to perform musical numbers. The Magical Balloon Guy will be entertaining the children on Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. There are many fun games and activities planned including: The Tug-O-War contest, the Grease Lightning cardboard car race, the Kingpin bowling contest, and our own version of The Hunger Games.

“At Relay For Life, you can find comfort and support from others who have faced cancer,” said Danielle Rohrer, this year’s event chair. “Relay For Life provides a chance to join with others in the community who are equally as passionate about fighting this disease until cancer no longer threatens the lives of those we love.”

Relay For Life includes survivor and caregiver celebrations to honor and recognize those who have battled cancer, whether personally or alongside a loved one. The Survivor’s Victory Lap, where all the survivors take to the track in unison, will take place at 6:00 p.m. We encourage all survivors & their caregivers to join us for this moving tribute to those who have fought cancer. The lap is followed by a celebratory dinner.

The Luminaria Ceremony takes place at 10:00 p.m., honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 by visiting www.relayforlife.org/ThreeRiversMi.

Funds raised at Relay For Life of St. Joseph Country – Three Rivers enable the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community through programs like Road to Recovery, which provides free transportation to and from treatment for cancer patients; Reach to Recovery, a program that pairs breast cancer patients with trained survivors to offer support and advice; clinical trials matching service; and access to live-saving information at any hour day or night.

To view the event schedule for this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of St. Joseph County – Three Rivers, click here.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Source:  News release from American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of St. Joseph County – Three Rivers



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