Relay For Life open for teams, help

Marianne Gillespie

Now is a ‘relay’ good time to join one of Chillicothe’s summer events.

Relay For Life of Chillicothe kicked off its season of fun and fundraising for the American Cancer Society Tuesday at Illinois Valley Central High School.

In only a couple short months, Chillicotheans will gather around the IVC High School track June 20-21 to raise money for cancer prevention, programs, research and advocacy.

The theme this year is “Cancer Is Not a Game.” Teams are encouraged to decorate their campsites in the theme, ranging from sports to board games.

The event is not only for team members, but also children with Brad’s Blue Ribbon Rally, cancer survivors and their caregivers, as well as honoring or remembering loved ones with cancer through buying luminaria.

Volunteers also are needed to run the event.

At the helm of the event as the staff partner is 2007 IVC High School graduate Megan Hicklin.

The past six years, Hicklin served as a volunteer.

Also returning this year is chairwoman Kathy Cutler.

Those who did not attend the kick off need not fear, since residents may sign up on the Web at www.relayforlifechillicothe.com.

Goals for this year include raising $92,500; registering 47 teams and 85 survivors; and lighting 620 luminaria around the track.

Last year, the event raised more than $91,000, boasted 41 teams and more than 550 luminaria.

It also marked an emphasis of adding Princeville residents to the fun of the event.

Beginning March 10, volunteers will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Pearce Community Center, followed by a team captain’s meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Other meetings include April 14 and May 12. T-shirt pick up is 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Pearce in the banquet room.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Web site at www.relayforlifechillicothe.com, or call Hicklin at 688-3488.