Archive for Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Baldwin Relay for Life looks for participants

February 26, 2003

It's not for a couple of months yet, but plans are already underway for the area's annual Relay for Life.

Susan Hoffman, Relay for Life co-chair, said organizers are looking for community support and involvement in the annual cancer fundraiser.

"Relay is an easy thing," Hoffman said. "Relay is a very easy event to be a part of."

Each year Relay for Life teams raise money, then spend the night walking or running the track lined by luminaries honoring and remembering those who have had cancer.

This year's Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is May 2 and 3. The kick off for the event will be March 4. Hoffman said anyone interested in participating in Relay for Life, forming a team, volunteering, sponsoring or just wanting more information can attend one of two meetings set for 11 a.m. at the Baldwin City Public Library and 9 p.m. at the Collins Center gym.

Star Novak, Relay for Life co-chair, said last year's Baldwin Relay for Life raised around $28,000 to help fight cancer.

"Per capita, Baldwin City contributes a huge amount of money," Novak said.

The money raised at the Baldwin event, as well as other relays across the nation, benefits the American Cancer Society and its cancer research.

"What's exciting about Relay for Life is the money raised is for research," she said. "Research also brings about prevention. The relay has really brought prevention to the forefront."

Besides research and prevention, the money is also used for education and a number of cancer support services.

"That money comes back in forms of services here in the community for people who need them," Hoffman said.

The number of Relay for Life participants grows each year in Baldwin, as it does nationwide, and is a trend Hoffman said she would like to see continue.

"We're hoping some that have participated before will come back again this year," she said. "We're also hoping to get more cancer survivors to participate. We know they're in Baldwin. We welcome them to participate."

Novak said Relay for Life is an important community event because not only does it raise money for the American Cancer Society, but it raises cancer awareness as well.

"It's a great community effort," she said. "We hope to keep it up."

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