Relay For Life of Union County has ambitious plans this year to raise $96,000 to help fund research, educational programs and cancer patient services.
The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life is scheduled for May 11 and 12 at the Marysville High School stadium, 800 Amrine-Mill Road.
ACS liaison Laura Fagert said more teams are needed help achieve the fundraising goal. Anyone interested in putting a team together should come to an April 2 organizational meeting, she said.
“Our Relay For Life of Union County committee meetings focus on team and committee recruitment and retention, planning the details of the Relay event and all promotional events leading up to the Relay,” Fagert said.
So far, 20 teams have registered online, just five teams short of this year’s goal.
In 2010, there were 28 teams that participated in Relay For Life of Union County; in 2011, 25 teams participated and last year, 24 teams took part in the event.
“Currently, we are two teams ahead of where we were at this time last year, so we hope to see an increase in teams at our Relay this year,” Fagert said.
This year’s planning committee for Union County consists of several individuals who have participated in the past but this year decided to step up to leadership positions.
“Bringing in new blood allows us to incorporate new ideas into our Relay this year in an effort to keep the event fresh,” Fagert said. “That, coupled with the return of some of our seasoned committee members, has us poised for a very successful Relay in 2013.”
Angela Gamble, public relations chairwoman for the Union County Relay For Life, said every Relay has a character all its own.
“It comes from the love and commitment the volunteers, the team members and our survivors have for the event,” Gamble said.
If the $96,000 goal is reached, it would bring the total dollars raised from Relay For Life of Union County since its inception to more than $903,000.
Last year, the event raised $92,004; in 2011, it generated $93,882; and in 2010, contributions totaled $77,216.
“The event is a fundraiser, but it is so much more,” Gamble said. “It is a revival, a party, a memorial service and a fellowship gathering all rolled into one event. Relay For Life helps us to gather and focus for another year of fighting cancer, a disease which has taken so much from far too many.”
Relay For Life is an overnight fundraising activity that takes place in communities across the nation. Teams of eight to 15 members typically gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation.
Anyone interested in joining the committee to help plan the Union County Relay For Life should attend the next organizational meeting at 6 p.m. April 2 at Union Rural Electric, 15461 U.S. Route 36. Those interested in joining a team or who already have signed on as a team can come at 7 p.m.
More information about Relay For Life or about registering a team is available from Fagert at 888-227-6446, ext. 3215, or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information also is available online at RelayForLife.org.