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To the editor:
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Logan County. The
coordinators, planning committee, team captains, sponsors and
participants are hoping to make this milestone year better than ever
before. Not only do we hope to raise a record-breaking $100,000, but
we hope to encourage even more people to participate on May 19.
Relay for Life honors cancer survivors while raising money for
research and programs for the American Cancer Society.
This year, the relay will again be held at Lincoln Christian
College, where teams of participants will take turns circling a
track lined with luminary candles dedicated to survivors and loved
ones lost to cancer. Although team members are very dedicated to the
cause, walking the track all afternoon and into the night can become
monotonous. Throughout the day, entertainment and off-track
activities are provided for the walkers' enjoyment.
Last year a new tactic was introduced to liven up the hike. Teams
were encouraged to participate in theme laps. Each hour, event
co-chair John Guzzardo introduced each new theme. Participants
donned poodle skirts for the '50s laps and cowboy boots and hats for
the western laps. Rival Cardinal and Cub fans showed their pride
during baseball laps. As the sun was just starting to sink, bottles
of bubbles were distributed to walkers. Bubbles soon filled the air,
reminding everyone to "blow bubbles, not smoke."
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Of course, as in former years, the first laps were led by cancer
survivors. Theme laps have added a new thread of amusement to our
already fun-filled day. Plans are being made for this year's relay
Consider forming or joining a Relay for Life team to raise money
for an important cause -- finding a cure for cancer. Even if you are
not able to join a team, join us for a lap or two on Saturday, May
19, at Lincoln Christian College. To find out how to join a team or
to get information about the next meeting, call Debbie Cooley at
April 19, 2007]
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