American Cancer Society to hold Relay for Life

American Cancer Society LogoThe American Cancer Society has announced its Relay for Life, their signature overnight fundraising walk where survivors, caregivers and supporters camp out around a track, is approaching.  The first Relay of the season for Palm Beach County is on February 23-24, 2013, with the opening ceremony at noon, luminaria ceremony at 6:30pm and closing ceremony at 6am, all of which will take place at Logger’s Run Middle School in West Boca.

“This is an emotionally heavy event for me, as I relay for my father, and the fight back ceremony is particularly meaningful because it reminds me of the great lengths I have gone to help him fight cancer and how I remain committed to saving his life,” Public Relations Chairman Jamie Lober said.

All proceeds raised through Relay are given back to the mission of the American Cancer Society which includes advocacy, education, research and patient services.  “In 2012 alone, Relay for Life events raised 20.5 million dollars in Florida for our case,” Lober said. 

Each Relay for Life event can be found at www.relayforlife.org by location.  There is a link to ‘sign up’ and ‘join a team.’ A $100 registration fee is required to sign up, which goes toward your overall team goal, and once signed up, you can invite others to add themselves to your team and start fundraising individually through the website.

Each participant gets a Relay for Life webpage to use for fundraising.  Anyone who raises $100 or more gets a commemorative Relay for Life t-shirt.

“In the past I have seen people sell crafts, baked goods, homemade cookbooks with their team’s name on it and crafted jewelry,” said Lober.  Some people prefer to sell services like car washes, housecleaning or yard work.  “I have also known people to plan trivia nights, bowling nights or other activities where everyone chips in with a little money to go toward the mission of the American Cancer Society,” Lober said.

Be sure to come prepared.  “Your checklist of what to bring should include a tent, folding chairs and table, fundraising materials, extra clothing for the weather, pillows, a cooler, a team banner or sign, costumes, camera, flashlight, sunscreen, insect repellent, an umbrella and a hat,” Lober said. 

You will feel good knowing that you are giving back to such a powerful mission.  “It is gratifying knowing that I am helping patients and caregivers pay to stay at the Hope Lodge, helping them get to treatment by funding the Road to Recovery program, supporting Reach to Recovery for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, helping people on their journey with the patient navigator program, covering the cost of patient education materials and most importantly, funding new clinical trials and groundbreaking research,” Lober said.

For more information contact Jamie Lober, Public Relations Chairman, American Cancer Society, South Palm Beach Chapter at (561)-998-8010.

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