Boone County to hold Relay For Life for cancer

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers and teams for the first-ever Relay For Life of Boone County. Organizers are holding a meeting from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 29, at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere. They will share with residents the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

“Relay For Life is an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as much as it is a fund-raiser,” said Pam Kieper, chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Boone County. “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer.”

Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fund-raising walk in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches—people from all walks of life. Teams raise money prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way.

If you would like to RSVP for the informational meeting on Thursday, July 29, volunteer on the Relay For Life committee, or serve as a team captain, contact Pam Kieper at (815) 765-9195.

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