Relay For Life of Chillicothe looking for teams

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Cancer continues to remain a No. 1 health concern for Americans.

The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events like the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life not only educate people on what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead to better treatment and more lives saved.

"One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon," said Cheri Schumacher, Relay For Life event chairwoman. "Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it's raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts — we're all a part of the fight and we need the community's help."

This year's Relay For Life of Chillicothe begins at 4 p.m. June 14 at Santa Fe Park.

While the event is still several months away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams to join the event.

Teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams.

Prior to the Relay event, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships.

"This year's Relay will feel like a brand new event!" Schumacher said. "Our committee has been working hard to increase participation and enhance the Chillicothe Relay.

"We are focusing on bringing our community, family and friends, survivors and caregivers together to help finish the fight against cancer. Special youth activities, as well as our second annual 5K Glow Run, local bands and other entertainment with also be provided."

This year marks the 12th year for Relay For Life of Chillicothe. At the event, the Luminaria and Survivor Ceremonies offer time to remember those we have lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the Fight Back Ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take action against cancer throughout the year.

If residents are interested in starting or a team or sitting on the planning committee, visit www.relayforlife.org/chillicotheil. If residents are not able to join a team, simply log on to make a donation.

For more information, call Schumacher at 231-3712.