Relay For Life team captains to meet

Monday, April 14, 2003

Teams for Cape Girardeau County's Relay For Life can be registered by calling the American Cancer Society at 334-9197 or by attending the team captain meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn's Mount Auburn Room.

Relay For Life is an overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer.

Survivors and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations and the public are invited to take part in this team event. Relay For Life will take place from 6 p.m. July 11 to 6 a.m. July 12 at the Cape County Park North.

Teams of eight to 12 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fund-raising walk in the nation. Relay For Life brings together people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

"Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront," said Tim Hahn, event chairman. "Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made not just in cancer cure rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment."

"The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and services to patients," said Hahn. "Due to the generosity of corporate sponsors like the Zimmer Radio Group, Southeast Missourian, Nearly Perfect Shoes, Holiday Inn, Burger King and Blimpie's, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs."

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at 334-9197, or by visiting the Cape County Relay for Life Web site at For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society's 24-hour help line at (800) ACS-2345 or visit the Web site www.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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