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June 22, 2004 > Spend 24 hours to Beat Cancer!

Spend 24 hours to Beat Cancer!

Tri-City Relay for Life Scheduled for June 26th & 27th

Over fifteen years ago, a solitary man traveled around a track for twenty-four hours in hopes of raising money to augment the fight against cancer. His efforts raised $27,000 and Relay for Life was born. Now, throughout the nation, others have taken the challenge to celebrate the advances in the fight against cancer and continue the battle. Teams are formed to continuously walk the track for a day and a night as a symbol of the unrelenting fight necessary to defeat this disease. A commitment is made by each team that at least one member will be on the track at all times because "cancer never sleeps."

Relay for Life is a symbol of determination, but also a celebration of life. Each Relay starts with a Survivors' Lap. Cancer survivors are invited from the community to walk in this celebration of survivorship, while the rest of the participants cheer them on. The following 24 hours are filled with festivities and fellowship while honoring those who have fought and won their battle, friends and family who are in the midst of their fight and a remembrance of those who succumbed to the disease.

At dusk, a Luminary Ceremony lights candles along the relay path and creates a path of hope. Each of the candles bears the name of a person who has battled the disease. The sight of walkers circling the track edged by luminaries and the letters of the word "HOPE" burning brightly on the grandstand is inspirational. This is a message of awareness and determination that will yield the ultimate prize - lives free of the fear of cancer.

Form a team or just come by to support others on Saturday, June 26th through Sunday, June 27th for the Tri-City Relay for Life at Washington High School's Tak Fudenna Stadium. To form a team, round up between 8 and 15 friends or associates and contact the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org. Each team of 15 contributes $150 and each team member tries to raise at least $100. Many groups have a theme, decorate their camping site and wear colorful costumes.

Join the largest nonprofit fundraising event in the world! Over 3,000 communities across the country will be celebrating Relay for Life. Last year, the Tri-Cities raised $105,000. The goal for this year is $150,000. Will you help? Come by even if you are not part of a team and cheer on the participants; make a contribution, add the name of a friend or loved one to the luminaries and join the fight of our lives!

For more information contact Cathy Norvell at (510) 429-1567 or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org.

 
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