Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 4, 2014

Relay for Life Kickoff March 11

On Tuesday, March 11, at 5:00, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Shelby County will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at Monical’s in Shelbyville for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The Relay For Life event committee greatly appreicates the support from the Shelbyville Monical’s as they will be providing food and drinks for those attending the kickoff.

Although the Relay For Life of Shelby County is more than 4 months away, now is the time to get involved. One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon. Residents are invited to attend the kickoff celebration to learn more about the upcoming event and how they can become part of an exciting overnight event that will pave the way to a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

“I am really looking forward to this year’s event,” said Chis Bogart, entertainment chair. “The event committee has been working very hard the past two months to add some new surprises to the event and we can not wait to share them with our teams and community!”

Relay For Life participants and visitors have a chance to celebrate the victory of local cancer survivors during the Survivors Lap; remember those who are fighting cancer or those who have lost their battle to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony; and participate in the Fight Back Ceremony, which gives everyone a chance to proclaim his or her own way of taking action against the disease.

Donations can be made to this local Relay For Life event by visiting RelayForLife.org. Community members also can start or join a team by following the links to their local Relay event.

The 2014 Relay For Life of Shelby County will take place on August 1 at Forest Park in Shelbyville beginning at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the kickoff event or on how you can get involved, contact Sarah Fuesting at 217.356.9076 or sarah.fuesting@cancer.org.

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