The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is a celebration of cancer survivorship, entertainment, food, prizes, fun and a night of camping out under the stars. All the while teams of 8 to 15 members walk, jog, or sit on the track. Teams come together for one goal -- to raise money through sponsorship dollars to help fight against cancer.
Relay for Life is for everyone -- because it is not athletically challenging or competitive, anyone can participate.
Relay for Life began in 1985 when Gordon Klatt, a Tacoma, Wash., surgeon and an American Cancer volunteer, ran and walked on a local track for 24 hours, traveling 81 miles. He raised $27,000 for the Society.
From that experience, Relay for Life has become a national signature event of the American Cancer Society.
The purpose of the Relay is to raise awareness that cancer can, and will, be beaten. The funds raised go a long way toward helping the American Cancer Society continue its programs of research, education, and service to patients.
As shown in the picture, the City of Altus & the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life Committee is excited & ready to start the 2004 Relay year off with a bang. Relay Chairwoman Carla Fancher and team recruitment Chairwoman Debbie Tyner recently recognized the city of Altus department leaders as the top fundraising team of 2003.
This relay would not be successful with out continuing team efforts.
A Team Captains Kick Off will be held in the conference room of the First State Bank at 7:00 p.m. tonight. Anyone interested in learning more about team fund raising should be present. If you are interested in forming a team or would like to participate in the Relay contact Debbie Tyner at 482-6100 or Carla Fancher at 471-7719.