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Mayor to serve as Honorary Chair for Relay For Life L.S.


March 8, 2011

Mayor Vern Little

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Lake Stevens has selected Mayor Vern Little to serve as honorary chair for the upcoming first year, Relay For Life of Lake Stevens event beginning at 10 a.m. on May 14 and finishing at 10 a.m. on May 15 at the Lake Stevens High School track.

The Honorable Mayor Vern Little, a resident of Lake Stevens for nearly 25 years, was elected Mayor in November 2007. Previous to that he was a member of the City Council for three years and is Senior Quality Manager for Boeing where he has worked for over 33 years.

Mayor Little is a strong advocate and cheerleader for the newly formed event in Lake Stevens.

“I started Relaying 20 years ago, I know many who have suffered from cancer and if there is any community that will come together to do something it’s the Lake Stevens community,” Little said.

At the Relay For Life of Lake Stevens event and recent Team Captain meetings Mayor Little has shared his story.

“I have lost way too many friends to cancer,” he said.

Little shared the story of a very close friend who recently passed with cancer who was given six months to live but was able to have six more birthdays.

The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life—all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

“Here in Lake Stevens funds raised by our Relay For Life event are making an impact on so many lives,” Mayor Little said. “From making possible the vital American Cancer Society programs and services that support those in our community facing a diagnosis, to life-changing cancer research and medical discovery, to advocacy for access to quality health care for everyone affected by cancer. The money raised through Relay For Life of Lake Stevens is helping further the vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

For more information about how Relay For Life benefits the local community, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

If you are interested in learning more about Relay for Life of Lake Stevens please contact Kim Demary at, Lynn White at and Aimee Campbell Tillar at


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