The time to gather up friends and family and walk overnight to raise money to fight cancer is approaching.



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chillicothe will host its annual kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at Pearce Community Center, located at 610 W. Cedar Street.


The time to gather up friends and family and walk overnight to raise money to fight cancer is approaching.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chillicothe will host its annual kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at Pearce Community Center, located at 610 W. Cedar Street.

Friends, neighbors, cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Relay For Life are encouraged to attend.

The kick-off event offers information about the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives faster by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back.

Refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to win prizes and learn more about the activities planned for this year’s Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is an overnight event where teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families build awareness and raise funds — prior to and at the event — to fight cancer.

While the main objective of Relay For Life is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event helps spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and unite a community in the fight against cancer.

This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chillicothe begins at 4 p.m. June 30and runs until 7 a.m. July 1 at IVC High School in Chillicothe.

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, secure community support, coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, assist with publicity and plan entertainment activities for this exciting and energizing event.  

For more information on the Relay For Life kick-off celebration, contact the American Cancer Society at 688-3480 or visit www.relayforlife.org/chillicothil.

Teams may register on-line anytime.

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 with more than 100,000 volunteers in Illinois and millions elsewhere, the society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year.

To learn more or get help, call the society any time at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.