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Survivors Lap planned

Special event to begin Relay

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:04 a.m. CDT

On Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m., Relay For Life of Grundy County will kick off with a special Survivors Lap, a moving experience honoring those who have defeated cancer. Survivors will join together to take Relay’s opening lap, unified in victory and hope, while the rest of the event’s participants surround the track to cheer them on.

Relay For Life is a unique grassroots fundraising event in which individuals and teams of participants in nearly 5,100 communities nationwide walk around a track overnight to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved one lost, and commit to fight back against the disease. The money raised through Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Relay For Life events are held 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 camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups — people from all walks of life — all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Call your American Cancer Society at (708) 633-7770 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/GrundyIL if you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Grundy County.

All survivors receive a free Relay For Life t-shirt.

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