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By Carrie Blankenship
Contributing Writer 

How do you Relay Lake Stevens?


March 14, 2011

One of the best things about living in Lake Stevens and raising a family here is the incredible sense of community that I feel when I look at our surroundings.

I remember traveling across the water and later over the mountains on trips home from college, and being overwhelmed with a heavy sense of place each time I turned off Highway 9 onto Lundeen Parkway towards home.

That feeling still lingers around every corner, every turn, every path as I navigate my adult life here in the town I was raised in. That sense of community is exactly why I know that Lake Stevens can make this year’s Relay for Life event an enormous success.

It is a great honor to be a part of this year’s inaugural event at the Lake Stevens High School.

Since our very first early planning meetings, I’ve seen members of this community, our community, rally, support, work and do all that they can behind the scenes to create a meaningful, successful and most of all, memorable event for Lake Stevens.

We’ve been fundraising, spreading the word and trying to motivate Lake Stevens to participate in an event that is sure to change the lives of those who do become involved and hopefully, the world. By creating more birthdays, The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event is the largest fundraiser for cancer research in the world. We get to be a part of that this year, right here in Lake Stevens, for the very first time. This is a reason to celebrate.

If success were measured in smiles and enthusiasm, Lake Stevens Relay for Life would win the fight against cancer hands down. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works and that is where you come in.

We’ve already received generous donations and support from the community and local businesses such as the City of Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens School District, Tigers Black Belt Academy, Allied Waste, Lake Stevens Ankle and Foot Clinic, Kiwanis, Lake Stevens Journal/Granite Falls Press, Tom Thumb, NK Films, Cossacks Motorcycle Club, All Seasons Storage, KRKO/Fox Sports Radio, Lake Stevens Fire and Bickford Ford, but we still need sponsors.

Relay for Life teams are fundraising. Youth teams have had car washes and sold candy canes during the holidays. Some youth have been knocking on doors in the pouring rain selling coffee while others are emptying their piggy banks and asking for donations to RFL for their birthdays.

Teams have been spreading the word as much as they can but they need your help. Relay needs your help, Lake Stevens.

There are several levels of sponsorship and giving for local business ranging from the smallest to the largest. Anything above the $1,000 (Silver) level in cash or in-kind donations gets the business logo displayed on our event t-shirts, programs, materials, banners and website.

Businesses that make donations above $500 get to register a team (up to 15 members) for free.

We want to recognize the generosity and commitment of our community in the fight against cancer and are proud to be partnered with the generous businesses that have already contributed their time, services, cash and expertise to our event. But we need more.

This is our time, Lake Stevens, to show the world that we stand together against cancer. This is our time to win that fight, one dollar, one person, one cancer survivor at a time.

If you own a business, know someone who owns a business, frequent a business or work here in Lake Stevens, now is the time to act.

We need you, Lake Stevens, to help create a world with more birthdays. We need you, Lake Stevens, to Celebrate, Remember and fight back against cancer. We cannot do it without you, Lake Stevens. How will you Relay?

Lake Stevens Relay for Life is May 14 and 15 at LSHS. The relay is 24 hours because cancer never sleeps. Please contact Relay for Life Event Chair Kim Demary at or by phone at 425-231-7485 for sponsorship information.


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