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Battle Against Cancer At Relay For Life

By Staff | Jun 10, 2010

Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Relay For Life will be held at the Palo Alto County Courthouse Square on Saturday, June 19, from 12 noon until 10 p.m. to fight back against cancer.

“This is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track,” said Robin Schmitz, publicity chair. “Teams include co-workers, club members, family and friends. Many have gathered donations prior to the event.”

Over ten teams will be participating in 2010 Relay For Life. Returning for another year are “Ava’s All Stars,” “ZT Crew” and the “Cure Crusaders.”

“Money raised by this event directly benefits people in our community,” said Schmitz. Through the Relay for Life event, the American Cancer Society distributes funds to support cutting-edge cancer research, helps cancer patients with questions, publishes lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco issues, and develops a new generation of weapons to fight cancer.

Throughout the day, teams will be serving pizza, walking tacos, hot dogs, popcorn, pie and nachos. Bring the kids to play games and win prizes. Inflatables are new to the event, especially for the kids.

Enjoy a beautiful day walking outside around the track or relaxing in a lawn chair. Shop around and sign up for a raffle to help the teams fundraise. Raffle tickets are available for a television, a bicycle, a membershjp to the Wellness Center, and a hand made quilt.

Test your aim at the dunk tank. This is another new event at Relay for Life. Area coaches and volunteers from the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Department will be sitting in the “wet seat.”

Listen and watch various entertainment acts. Relay for Life committee members will act as emcees for singers, dancers and jugglers. Come have fun with the whole group while supporting this worthy cause.

After sundown, the public is invited to attend the Luminaria Ceremony. To honor the community’s cancer survivors and to remember those lost to the disease, survivors will circle a track which will be rimmed with glowing luminarias. The names of survivors and those lost to the disease will be read aloud. Luminaria can be obtained for a donation by calling Sheri Freeman at (712) 480-3825.

Anyone with questions about Palo Alto County Relay for Life can contact Deb Harris at 712-859-3633.