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American Cancer Society Relay for Life wants you to come enjoy the 10th anniversary in Logan County          Send a link to a friend

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 theme laps.

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 732-7789.

Tamara Dietrich

[Posted April 19, 2007]

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