Are you ready to Relay?
If so, the committee members of the 2009 Clay County American Cancer Society's Relay For Life are ready and waiting to help create the best experience ever during the 25th anniversary of the national event.
Event Co-chairs (Overall) Janice Piatt and (Vice-Chair) Carrol Evans recently announced the upcoming 12-hour event would take place at the Clay County YMCA during (6 p.m.-6 a.m.) May 8-9, 2009.
Clay County's fundraising goal was set at $38,000 and the Relay Committee is working on ways to get the message out to the public and hopefully surpass the target goal of 32 teams.
"We're wanting this Relay to be bigger and better than ever," Evans said.
This is a monumental year for American Cancer Society's largest national fundraising event that highlights how "one person can make a difference."
Although it took more than a year to organize the event, doctor and colorectal surgeon Gordy Klatt decided to personally raise money for the Tacoma, Wash., ACS office by doing what he loved best, running marathons.
In May 1985, Klatt stepped out on the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound.
He walked and/or ran for 24 hours and a total of 83 miles while raising $27,000 in donations.
While circling the track, sometime with others who donated money to join him, Klatt thought about how others could take part and envisioned a 24-hour team relay fundraising event.
Months later, he organized a committee and together they planned the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer.
Nearly 25 years later, Klatt's vision of fighting cancer as a team effort -- Relay For Life -- has spread around the world.
In honor of the inception of the first Relay, the theme for the 2009 local relay is "Back To the Future For A Cure."
Teams are encouraged to create sites during the Relay event at the YMCA with past themes in mind as well as keeping an eye on the day when cancer will be defeated.
"Cancer affects everyone on some level. A Relay For Life event is an incredible social event where everyone can come together in friendship and fun while participating in the fight against cancer," Piatt said.
"It's a time for our community to come together and unite for a common cause.
"We hope to see you there."
For more information about the 2009 Clay County American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event, make a donation or sign up as a participant, survivor or team, log onto www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin.