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Team rally kicks off Relay for Life '11

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The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Roane County recently kicked off its 2011 relay season with a team rally.

This year’s Relay for Life is planned from 6 p.m. April 29 to 8 a.m. April 30 on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

Public participation is encouraged. Monthly team rallies will take place at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in Room O-201 at Roane State.

The upcoming relay team rallies, which will take place monthly until the event, will last for an hour.

The rallies are designed to provide team captains with opportunities to interact with the event committee, share their fundraising progress, receive fundraising challenges and ask any questions they have concerning the event.

The team captains will be updated with any new information regarding the event and will track where they are on the event-planning progress.

Team captains lead a team of around eight to 15 members who share the passion for defeating cancer.

These team captains are responsible for organizing the team’s fundraising and participation in other activities regarding Relay For Life.

Relay For Life takes place overnight on an athletic track, park or other gathering area.

Individuals and teams register for the event and set up camp with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times.

Teams raise money before the event and during the event at their personal camp-outs.

Relay for Life is a community owned, volunteer driven fight against cancer and is one of the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movements.

Since its beginning in 1985, Relay for Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a full-fledged international event taking place in more than 5,000 communities and 20 countries across the globe, with nearly 4 million walkers in the United States alone.

All of the funds raised from Relay for Life support the American Cancer Society’s mission to help people stay well by helping them get well, finding cures and fighting back.

Contact Debbie Pelfrey at 882-5683 or dpelfrey@comcast.net for more about Roane County Relay for Life or team captain meetings.

Individuals may also visit www.relayforlife.org/roane to register a team and start the fight against cancer.