2010-02-18 / Local & State

2010 Relay For Life Kickoff This Sunday

Relay wants you to help fight cancer
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

Organizers of Fulton County’s 2010 Relay For Life and Daffodil Days are set to launch the two big annual fundraising events for the American Cancer Society (ACS) at a 2 p.m. kickoff this Sunday at the American Legion in McConnellsburg.

This year’s Relay For Life on May 21 and 22 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds marks the 16th time the event has been held in Fulton County, which has raised about $600,000 for the ACS over the years.

The focus of Sunday’s twohour kickoff is the celebration of cancer survivors. A small luminaria ceremony will take place and a former cancer patient is slated to speak. Information about cancer, the Cancer Society’s programs and services, how to organize a Relay team, and ideas for fundraising and selling daffodils will be available and a discussion about how to fight back against cancer will be held. Fun is on the agenda, too, with refreshments, games, a cake walk and door prizes planned.

Relay For Life offers individuals, businesses and organizations – entire communities – the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. It is the ACS’s signature activity and is the largest community fundraiser in the world.

Relay teams are typically made up of families, co-workers, school groups or clubs that have had members affected by cancer. Team members take turns walking a track continually for about 24 hours to remember those lost to cancer, to support those who are facing cancer and to raise money to use toward finding a cure for cancer.

The Relay Committee hopes to have 17 teams onboard to realize 2010’s $49,000 goal. Last year’s Relay raised $42,500 in Fulton County. The committee would also like to have 35 cancer survivors and 35 caretakers attend the Relay’s survivor ceremony and dinner, which is sponsored this year by Fulton County Medical Center. The survivor ceremony and dinner take place at the fairgrounds on May 22 at the start of Relay.

Sunday’s kickoff also marks the official start of Daffodil Days for the ACS. Daffodils are the Cancer Society’s signature flower, and funds raised through their sale support programs and services such as transportation assistance, emotional support and education for cancer survivors and their families.

Daffodils can be ordered through Monday, Feb. 22, and will be delivered March 15-21.

A Feb. 28 snow date has been set for the kickoff. Radio stations WAYZ 104.7FM and Mix 95.1 will broadcast cancellation information if there is inclement weather on Sunday.

For more information about Relay For Life, the kickoff and to order daffodils, call the ACS at 717-264-6266.

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