Relay For Life 2010 Kicks Off Feb. 19

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The American Cancer Society will host a kick-off celebration for the 2010 Payson Relay for Life on Feb. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene.

Last year, 33 local teams raised more than $42,000 for American Cancer Society research and programs. This year’s event will take place in June at Payson High School’s track.

“This year’s event promises to be bigger and better,” said Payson Relay for Life Event Chair Dusty Miller.

“Anyone interested in finding more out about Relay should come to the kick-off (celebration).”

The evening will feature information and games geared toward building excitement for the fund-raiser that saves lives. This year’s theme is “Imagine a world with more birthdays.”

Relay for Life began with one man in Tacoma, Wash., in 1985 and is now a worldwide movement to end cancer, with nearly 5,000 events across America. These funds help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of eliminating cancer as a major health concern. In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take turns walking the track throughout the day and night.

For those not walking, constant action keeps them occupied. Entertainment, food and games — last year’s Relay for Life featured a dunk tank with local politicians and radio personalities, great food and a 4-H petting zoo.

At each event, we celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer through a survivor’s lap and survivor recognition. Survivors, along with loved ones lost and those still battling, are honored during the luminaria ceremony.

Relay helps individuals make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight.

Whether you have previously participated in a Relay for Life event, or have never attended and would like to find out more, please join us for the kick-off celebration.

For more information, please visit www.relayforlife.org or call Suzanne Jacobson, Rim Country’s publicity chair at 406.291.2219 or suzanne_jay@hotmail.com, or contact Dusty Miller at paysonrfl2010@hotmail.com.

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