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American Cancer Society seeks volunteers, Relay For Life teams in Clarke County

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 9:32 a.m. CDT

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers and teams for the second Relay For LifeŽ of Clarke County.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to serve on the committee to help plan the kick-off for the event to engage volunteers in recruiting and assembling teams, seeking community support, coordinating logistics, securing donated refreshments and prizes, planning entertainment and lending their support in any way.

The event cannot take place without the commitment and help from a team of volunteers. The 2014 Relay for Life will take place on June 13-14 at the Clarke Community High School football field.

The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay for Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life gives people in Clarke County a unique opportunity to contribute to the Society’s mission of saving lives, by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back,” said Karen Irwin, event chair for the Clarke County Relay for Life. “Residents who give their time, energy and financial commitment to this exciting event are really standing up for our community and its pledge to join the fight. We received tremendous support from the community last year at the first Relay for Life and despite the bad weather we encountered the night of the Relay, the event was a huge success.”

Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease.

Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an 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 throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their relay.

If you would like to volunteer on the Relay For Life committee or serve as a team captain, please contact Karen Irwin at 641-572-0100 or visit RelayForLifeofClarkeCountyIowa.org.

As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, American Cancer Society turns what it knows about cancer into what it does. As a result, more than 11 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 it or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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