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Relay Kick Off event postponed

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Foul weather Tuesday night may have temporarily canceled the Kick Off event for the 2011 Clay County American Cancer Society's Relay For Life but not the spirit behind it.

"We will reschedule kick off," Committee Chairperson Carrol Evans said about the event scheduled to take place in the Community Room of Riddell National Bank. "We really hope to see everyone there."

With an eye on winning the Pacesetter Award again this year, the goal is to organize 30 teams for the overnight fundraising event at the YMCA, 5 E. Kruzan St, Brazil, which is scheduled to take place May 14-15.

Organizers urge people to use the local Relay website (http://www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin) to register their Relay teams online.

"It's very easy to do. You can register yourself or your team on the website right now," Evans said. "The sooner people and teams get signed up, the better."

As an incentive for early registration, ACS Community Representative Rachel Romas said team captains who register before the kickoff will receive a special Relay gift.

"The push is on now to get teams signed up," Romas said. "The quicker we get everyone signed up, the quicker we can get information out there for the public."

Relay Committee Meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month at the same place, with times to be announced in The Brazil Times and on the Relay website.

A Facebook page (Clay County Relay) for people to share their stories, information about upcoming events and notify others about local fundraisers is also available.

With a fundraising goal of $33,000, organizers hope a lot of people well get involved.

"This year's event theme is 'Movie Madness: A Red Carpet Event To Cut Cancer,'" Romas said. "It has so much potential to be really fun for everyone involved."

According to Romas and Evans, Relay is a lot of fun, but organizers don't want to lose sight of the real mission.

"This year, we want to actively work on getting information about the services we provide out to cancer patients," Romas said.

Evans agreed, adding her sentiments about why she participates in Relay.

"Cancer should never be a 'buzz' word. It should be a 'WAS' word. Cancer should be in the past tense," Evans said. "As a child of a cancer survivor, one of my many passions is finding a cure for cancer. That passion leads me to my personal campaign of fighting this dreaded disease. I hope (people) will join us in this fight by learning more about Relay."

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