FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society Plans Kick Off for
Relay For Life of (Event Name)
(Date)- The American Cancer Society will host a Kick Off celebration for the
2009 (event name) Relay For Life on (date, time and location). In 2008, the (event
name) Relay For Life raised (amount raised in 2008) for the American Cancer Society.
The 2009 (event name) Relay For Life will be held on (date, time, and location.)
Relay For Life began with one man in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 and is now a
worldwide movement to end cancer, with 4,960 events across America that raised a total
of $420 million dollars in 2008. These funds help the American Cancer Society achieve
their mission of eliminating cancer as a major health concern.
In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take
turns walking the track throughout the day and night. For those not walking, there is
constant action to keep everyone busy. From entertainment, food and games to touching
ceremonies and stories of inspiration, there is something for everyone at Relay For Life.
At each event, we celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer through our
Survivor's Lap and survivor recognition. The strength of survivors inspires others to
continue to fight. We also remember loved ones lost to the disease, and honor those who
have survived and are currently battling the disease with our Luminaria Ceremony. At
Relay, people who have walked alongside those battling cancer can grieve and find
healing. Finally, we fight back against cancer because we want to put an end to the
disease. Relay helps individuals make a commitment to save lives by taking up the fight.
Whether you have participated in a Relay For Life before, or if you have never
attended a Relay and would like to learn more about your community event, please join
us for the Kick Off celebration. For more information, please visit www.relayforlife.org
or call (local contact name and title) at (number). You may also visit our event website
at (website address.)
October 9, 2008
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated
to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing
suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call
1.800.ACS.2345 twenty four hours a day, seven days a week or log onto www.cancer.org.
October 9, 2008