Relay for Life getting under way

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    Relay for_Life_group_webI am proud to be a community representative for the American Cancer Society (ACS).  ACS is the leading cancer-fighting organization in the country.  Last  June, at the Relay for Life of Detroit over 700 people came together as a community on the campus of  Marygrove College with one common goal – to fight back against cancer and to celebrate the collective victory of local cancer survivors. We raised over $100,000 to support the fight against cancer. 

    On Thursday, March 22, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Detroit will officially get under way as event volunteers and participants gather for a kickoff party at the Frederick Douglass College Prep High School (formerly Murray-Wright High School), 2001 West Warren. I’m inviting all Detroiters to attend this kickoff celebration to learn more about the 2012 Relay For Life of Detroit and how they can become part of an exciting event that will pave the way to a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  Registration and refreshments are from 6:30  to 7 pm and the program is from 7 to 8 p.m. 

    The 2012 Relay For Life of Detroit will take place on June 16-17 at Marygrove College. from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Although the 2012 Relay For Life of  Detroit  is more than four months away, now is the time to get involved by attending the kickoff on March 22. For more information on how you can get involved or to RSVP for the kickoff event, please contact me at (248) 663-3420 or chiara.clayton@cancer.org. Kickoff is complimentary, but an RSVP is by March 16 greatly appreciated.

    Relay For Life is ACS’s signature event, dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight cancer. Teams of family, friends and coworkers camp out overnight, taking turns walking the track. During the event, participants and visitors will  have a chance to celebrate the victory of area cancer survivors during the Survivors Lap at 10 a.m.;  remember those we have lost to the disease during the poignant Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m.; and participate in the  Fight Back Ceremony at 3 p.m. that gives everyone a chance to proclaim their way of taking action against the disease.  

    The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. 

    We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. 

    As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. 

    To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. Donations can be made to the Relay for Life Detroit by visiting www.relayforlife.org/detroitmi. Teams and survivors can also go to the site to register. 

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