Most of us know of someone who has experienced the devastation of cancer. Last year, in Arizona alone, more than 25,000 people heard the words, "you have cancer." Fortunately, the American Cancer Society is saving lives through research, education, advocacy and service to patients and their families.
The Payson Relay for Life is one of thousands of relays held annually across the country to raise funds to help the American Cancer Society continue its work. Nationwide, nearly $400 million is raised yearly through the relays.
The purpose of the Relay for Life is also to celebrate those who have survived cancer and honor those who have lost their battle with cancer.
Payson had 28 teams in its 2007 Relay for Life, with more than 500 men, women and children participating in the 12-hour walk. The teams represented businesses, organizations, churches, schools, neighborhood and families. Not all members of the teams are required to walk the entire 12 hours, but it is asked that they have at least one member on the track at all times.
To participate it is not necessary to be on a team, direct financial contribution and pledges to teams or individual team members help the project. Sponsorships are available and may be purchased for between $250 and $5,000. Contact Shannon Romberger at (928) 472-7243 or (928) 951-0103 for details, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can create a team, join another team or help with organizing the event, which will be held from 6 p.m., Friday, June 6 to 6 a.m., Saturday, June 7 on the Payson High School football field.
The Relay for Life kick off is at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14 at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson. Details and future plans will be discussed. Everyone interested is invited to attend.
To join Relay for Life - 2008 or for more information, contact Ron Tipps, relay chairperson at (928) 468-1320 or DJ Craig, team chairperson at (928) 468-1482