North Reading Relay For Life Kick-Off

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American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kick-Off Rally Scheduled for February 7, 2013

(North Reading, MA) – On February 7, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of North Reading will officially get underway as cancer survivors, caregivers, families, schools, companies, faith-based and civic organizations gather at Kitty’s Restaurant and Lounge at 6:00 p.m. for a kick-off rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who gave battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. People from all walks of life come together with a shared mission of furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay.

Mark your calendar for the 2013 Relay For Life of North Reading, MA scheduled for May 31, 2012 at the North Reading High School track. Anyone interested in forming a team, volunteering for the event, joining the planning committee, or just learning more about Relay For Life is encouraged to attend.

The Relay For Life of North Reading will be honoring Maria Vella and celebrating Rita Mullin. Lisa Bernstein will be speaking at kickoff. At kickoff, sign up your team, enter in raffles, and have dinner. In addition, the first Team Captains and Youth Meeting will be held at Aldersgate Church on March 13, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. All youth participants must attend at least one of the three meetings.

Relay For Life events in Massachusetts raised a substantial amount of money last year enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community by supporting vital, cutting-edge cancer research; providing cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at our Hope Lodge, and round the clock support at our national cancer information center available at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night; publishing lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and developing a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

For more information about the Relay For Life of North Reading to find out how to volunteer, or to RSVP for the Relay Kick-off, please contact Meagan Spencer at 781-314-2643 or Meagan.spencer@cancer.org

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, the Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in the 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 $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 13.7 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 the American Cancer Society or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at
1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


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