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Gearing up for Relay for Life

By TRAVIS HANDY
travis@southwesttimes.com

The fight against cancer never stops. For the American Cancer Society, fundraisers and awareness events go on all year long, lending money to research and the fight for a cure.

Relay for Life of Pulaski County has already begun planning for this year’s relay event and they are looking for teams to support their cause. The group held their first team captain meeting of the year Jan. 21 in Pulaski, kicking off their 2013 campaign.

The meeting focused on reminding members “why we relay,” and featured motivational material to get team captains and members ready to move into the first stages of their fundraising campaign for the annual relay in the spring.

This year’s Pulaski County Relay for Life is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 17, 2013 at Randolph Park, Dublin. The theme will be “Rockin’ for a Cure,” incorporating a 50s and 60s style. The chairperson for the 2013 relay is Casey Adams.

The fundraising goal this year is $82,000 and organizers hope to assemble at least 50 teams and 750 participants raising awareness and funds to fight the dread disease. Last year’s relay involved 42 teams, 582 participants and the fundraising total came in at approximately $83,000.

“We are encouraging people to form teams and come be a part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,” community leader Erika Tolbert said in Monday evening’s meeting.

“A big piece of Relay is where the money goes,” said Tolbert. “We fund research, we provide grants to different researchers, but another part is that we have programs for cancer patients and their caregivers, so that money is also going to those people in our community that need help right now and are going through treatments right now.”

According to Pulaski County’s relay website, so far this year 18 teams and 60 participants have raised $2,306. Teams raise money throughout the months leading up to the relay and for a period of time after the event occurs.

The community has an opportunity to become a part of the effort as well as the event itself. The coordinators are looking for bands that play 50s and 60s music. One Pulaski County band, Magic Moments, is already slated to perform. They are also seeking vendors for the event. Vendors usually provide 35 percent of money earned during the relay to the American Cancer Society.

Interested community members are invited to attend the next team captain meeting scheduled for Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Euro Building behind LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski. All meetings are the third Monday of the month until May.

For more information visit www.relayforlife.org, contact Erika Tolbert at (540) 774-2716 or event chair, Casey Adams, at caseyadamsrn@gmail.com.

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