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First Annual Relay For Life of Mill Creek

the first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will be held on June 2, 2012
Relay for Life of Mill Creek

The first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will begin at McCollum Park at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd. The relay starts with the opening ceremony and opening lap that honors cancer survivors and their caregivers.  After the first lap, all teams join in to keep the relay going until 9:00 AM Sunday morning. Pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and more will be available with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Another Relay highlight is the Luminaria Ceremony that takes place at 10:00 p.m., honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. The track will be surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5.00 at the event, or by visiting the event website www.RelayForLife.org/millcreekwa .

The first annual Relay For Life of Mill Creek will be held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at McCollum Park, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups… people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

If you want to join a team or form your own team, please visit the Relay for Life of Mill Creek website, or contact Karl Slomchinski at kslomchinski@farmersagent.com for help with team sign ups.

“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Mike Todd, Mill Creek Mayor and Event Chair.  “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Mill Creek is not immune to this disease, and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Mill Creek are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.  “As a first year for the Mill Creek event, our goal is to raise $50,000, and to build a foundation of volunteers and participants for the event to grow in future years.  We’ve already raised $32,000, and are hoping the community will come out and support the teams by joining us at the event,” said Todd.  “Pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and more will be available with all proceeds going to benefit American Cancer Society, so bring the family out to check out the educational displays by platinum level event sponsor Providence Regional Cancer Alliance, and join in the team activities.” 

American Cancer Society is proud to be starting a new Relay For Life event in the greater Mill Creek area.  There are more than 5100 Relays worldwide every year, and one out of every 100 people has been involved in a Relay For Life event in some way in their lifetime.  Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to fight against cancer.  To learn more about how to get involved, visit the event website or email Mike Todd at MillCreekMike@frontier.com.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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