Relay for Life is seeking volunteers

The Amer­ic­an Can­cer So­ci­ety is look­ing for vo­lun­teers and teams for the first-ever Re­lay for Life of North­east Phil­adelphia. 

Or­gan­izers will hold a meet­ing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter, 10980 Nor­com Road, to share with res­id­ents the im­port­ance of Re­lay for Life in sav­ing lives from can­cer.

Re­lay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event that mo­bil­izes com­munit­ies throughout the coun­try to cel­eb­rate sur­viv­ors (any­one who has been dia­gnosed with can­cer), re­mem­ber loved ones and raise money for the fight against can­cer.

“Re­lay for Life is a vehicle to raise aware­ness about the pro­gress against can­cer as much as it is a fund-raiser,” said Jen Wil­li­ams, event chair­wo­man. “In­di­vidu­als who are will­ing to give their time and en­ergy to this ex­cit­ing event as a vo­lun­teer or par­ti­cipant have made a com­mit­ment to fight back against this dis­ease and let the com­munity know that you can beat can­cer.”

Teams of eight to 15 mem­bers gath­er with tents and sleep­ing bags to par­ti­cip­ate in the largest overnight fund-rais­ing walk in the na­tion. Re­lay for Life brings to­geth­er friends, fam­il­ies, busi­nesses, hos­pit­als, schools, churches and people from all walks of life. Teams raise funds by seek­ing spon­sor­ships pri­or to the re­lay.

Vo­lun­teers are needed to or­gan­ize and re­cruit teams, seek com­munity sup­port, co­ordin­ate lo­gist­ics, ob­tain re­fresh­ments and prizes, plan en­ter­tain­ment and lend their sup­port in any way.

To RS­VP for the in­form­a­tion­al meet­ing on Nov. 17, to vo­lun­teer on the Re­lay for Life com­mit­tee or to serve as a team cap­tain, call Kim Wienches at 888-202-1487, Ext. 65125. For in­form­a­tion about the event, vis­it the Web site at www.can­ or call 1-800-ACS-2345. ••

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