Feb 2, 2013

Learn how you can volunteer for the 2013 Relay for Life

DARKE COUNTY--The Darke County Relay for Life Committee invites everyone to attend this year’s Kick Off Celebration, set for Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

The theme of the 2013 American Cancer Society Relay For Life (which will be held July 19 and 20 at Heritage Park in Versailles) is “Don’t Monkey Around--We’re Wild About Finding A Cure.”

Relay For Life is a community-based event bringing together local residents who work together not only to raise funds for cancer research, but also to raise awareness and network with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends.

The Relay depends on many volunteers for organization as well as working the two-day event. The many dedicated volunteers from years past would love your help in making this year’s Relay event the most celebrated to date.

Please consider helping with the following committees: Team Recruitment, Survivorship/Caregiver, Luminaria, Health Promotions, Food, Publicity, Entertainment & Activities, Auction, Financial & Registration, Sponsorship, Advocacy, and Fundraising.

For more information, contact event co-chairs Lois Lyons (loisversailles@aol.com or 526-9744) or Dawn Sanders (dmsmomof4@yahoo.com or 564-5959); or Mark Kaufman, American Cancer Society, mark.kaufman@cancer.org or 888-227-6446 ext. 4209. Registration is available online at: www.RelayForLife.org/DarkeCounty.

For men, the risk of developing cancer in one’s lifetime is slightly less than one in two; for women the risk is a little more than one in three. These are US lifetime risk statistics and admittedly very sobering, however, statistics also show that two in every three people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years.

Much of this is a result of what we know today, with research, prescreening and today’s medical advancements.

Submitted by Kathy Magoto, Relay for Life

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