"Relay is not just for team members. It's not just about raising money," Chairperson Kathy White said. "It's about coming together as a community to take up the fight against cancer."
White said everybody is invited to the kick-off event in the lower level of Riddell National Bank from 6-7 p.m., Jan. 17. Refreshments will be provided.
"Even if they are not sure they want to participate, we want people to come to the kick-off and learn about how meaningful and how much fun being a part of a Relay event can be," White said.
Using the national theme of "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back," White confirmed this year's 14-hour event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 3, at the Clay County YMCA.
"(During Relay) we will celebrate our survivors, remember those who have died from cancer and fight back against cancer by bringing about awareness and raising money to support finding a cure," White said, adding the American Cancer Society recommends higher goals for the local event each year as a motivational tool. "Our goal is to have 34 teams participating this year. We also have a fundraising goal of $42,000, which is quite a jump from the amount set for last year."
Hopeful for a large turnout at the kick-off event, White said Relay committee members would be on hand to provide information about businesses, organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring or participating on a Relay team, making a donation, purchasing Luminaria or how to participate in the survivor ceremony at the event.
"We are always looking for cancer survivors in Clay County," White said. "We had 39 survivors participate in the ceremony last year, and we know there has to be more than that. We want to celebrate their lives!"