Cancer Never Sleeps

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Everyone knows someone who has suffered from cancer --hether it is a friend, a family member, a neighbor, or just someone in the community. The truth is, cancer affects everybody.

People are being diagnosed with cancer in the early stages every day, increasing survival chances, with help from the research being done at the American Cancer Society. Those who are fighting cancer are getting direct help from the American Cancer Society, or are benefiting from the research the Society has done. Those who have survived cancer have survived with help from the American Cancer Society.

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Cancer survivors, their friends and family members will gather next month to celebrate life at the Relay for Life all-night event at Rumsey Park.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is an event to raise money to benefit this organization. The money raised at this event will go to benefit cancer research and help cancer patients currently fighting cancer through many outreach programs. Local people who have cancer can get help directly from the American Cancer Society in a variety of different ways.

The Relay for Life is a community event. Everybody is welcome to participate in the Relay. Participation can be as simple as attending the evening event, donating money or buying a memorial luminaria. But, participating on a team is by far the most fun way to participate, and the most helpful.

The team consists of 10 to 15 people who want to help out by raising money both before and at the event. Anybody is welcome to be on a team, or start a team of your own with your friends. The team will be responsible for deciding on a theme, and setting up a site at the event that corresponds to the theme, as well as having at least one member on the track at all times, all night long.

The Relay for Life event will take place June 4 and 5, 2004, going throughout the night. The motto is "cancer never sleeps, so neither will we." The event will be held at Rumsey Park, at the baseball field near the library. The event will start in the late afternoon with a festival honoring cancer survivors, followed by an evening event with a carnival type atmosphere. Each team has a booth where they are doing some kind of fund-raising activity. Activities range from many games to all kinds of great food.

After the carnival dies down, there will be the luminaria ceremony, where luminarias are lit around the track to honor people who have survived cancer, and those who have lost the battle. Then, team activities continue throughout the night with contests as well as games constantly going on. Early in the morning, there will be an awards ceremony recognizing the teams and individuals who showed a great amount of dedication and spirit, as well as rewards for the most money raised.

After, the teams will begin to take down their campsites and everybody goes home, very tired, but content for contributing so much to a cause that we all are touched by.

Intrigued? If you are, contact Donnalyn Williams, the event chairperson at (928) 474-0442, or you can call Calvin or Terri Legassie at (928) 474-9324.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Arizona and the nation. Please help in our efforts to change this. Join us for the Rim Country Relay for Life.

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