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Do you Relay? Well, you should

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Published on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 by JOURNAL STAFF

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I have to admit, asking me to ‘Relay’ makes me think of running for long periods of time against another person. Gag! That is the last thing I want to do. I’m not really a runner and when it comes to sports, I’m not that competitive, probably because I’m really not very athletic.

But ask me if I know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and if I’d be willing to take 24 hours out of my year to raise money for cancer research—the answer is a resounding yes!

All of us here at the Lake Stevens Journal have stories of family or friends who have suffered from this disease, in all of its forms. Some of those lost their battle to cancer while others were able to recover to live another day. That is why we will Relay.

Residents of Lake Stevens will be hearing this word ‘Relay’ quite a bit in the next eight months. We are lucky to have a great group of people who have taken it upon themselves to start a Relay for Life event right here in Lake Stevens.
All of these men and women and even teenagers, have seen firsthand what this disease does to individuals, families and friends. Together, and with the help of the community, this committed group of people want to do all they can to ensure that others will not have to endure all that they and their families have endured.

What is Relay for Life Lake Stevens?
Relay for Life Lake Stevens will bring together hundreds of people on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 to raise money to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish the suffering from this horrible disease.
Anyone can form a team to participate in Relay and each team raises money while helping to  bring awareness to the devastation cancer can bring.

You’ll see car washes, bake sales and all kinds of creative and innovative fund raisers, all in an effort to help stop cancer.
All donated monies go directly to the American Cancer Society which is the largest source of nonprofit, nongovernmental cancer research in the United States. ACS invests over $130 million each year and has funded 44 Nobel Prize winning researchers.

They also fight for laws which not only save lives but increase federal research funding, decrease tobacco use, promote early detection and improve access to care.

Other ACS services include help to survivors, caregivers, skin care and make-up classes for women facing cancer, peer support and resources for practical assistance.
If all of us know someone who has suffered from cancer, then all of us should be willing to do our part in helping stop this disease.

So get your team put together, start raising money and prepare for an uplifting and exciting 24-hour period, walking the track at Lake Stevens High School with fellow Relayers.

Enjoy the entertainment, the heart-warming Survivor Walk and the moving luminaria ceremony which lights up the track to remember those who lost their battle with cancer, who are fighting the disease right now and for those who have fought and beat the dreaded killer.

“This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight,” ACS writes.
No more excuses, contact Relay for Life Lake Stevens Event Chair Kim Demary at AKADEM@aol.com or Team Development Chair Lynn White at LW4hope@hotmail.com to register your team.

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