Relay for Life campaign kicks off next month

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The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Roane County will hold its free kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Roane State Community College in room 101 of the O’Brien Building.

Guests are encouraged to drop in any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to hear about how the American Cancer Society helps save lives from cancer.

The program will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and honor cancer survivors and their caregivers.

The kickoff is also a chance to register a team for the Relay for Life event, which will be from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Roane State Community College.

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with 4 million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015.

Last year, 249 people participated in the Relay For Life of Roane County and raised $52,000.

“This is our community’s opportunity to help save lives from cancer by taking our message to more people and raising more dollars to fund the fight,” said Debbie Pelfrey, Relay For Life committee member.

“Together, our efforts can make a big difference.”

This is the second year the Roane County event has been during the day.

Traditionally, Roane County's Relay for Life has been an overnight activity, but organizers decided a daytime event allows more people from the community to participate and enjoy the festivities.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

Relay For Life events are community gatherings in which teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking around a track or path.

Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

Teams also sell food and other items the night of the event.

Visit relayforlife.org/RoaneTN for more about the event, or contact Lauren Wey at 558-4055 or Lauren.Wey@cancer.org.