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American Cancer Society Relay For Life of South Snohomish County to hold free March 31st kickoff

Participants start the cancer survivor lap at the 2015 Relay For Life. Attend the March 31 kickoff to learn how you can participate this year. Photo credit: Jayson Geveshausen.
Participants start the cancer survivor lap at the 2015 Relay For Life. Attend the March 31 kickoff to learn how you can participate this year. Photo credit: Jayson Geveshausen.

From a Relay for Life news release.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of South Snohomish County will hold a free kickoff for the annual event at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood.

Everyone is invited to the kickoff to learn how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

Guests will have the opportunity to register a team for the first annual Relay For Life of South Snohomish County event, which will be held on Saturday, June 4th, at 12:00 pm at McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett.

Formerly Edmonds/Lynnwood and Mill Creek held separate Relay For Life events. This will be the first year combining the events to encompass a greater geographical area and pool resources.

The March 31st kickoff will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and will honor cancer survivors and caregivers.

The featured speaker is Dawn Hackett, a breast cancer survivor and caregiver of three different loved ones that lost their battle to cancer. She has held many volunteer positions with Relay For Life including Nomination Committee Chair for 2016 Hero of Hope Class, Snohomish County Road Coordinator for Road to Recovery since December 2013, Luminary Chair for Lake Stevens Relay for Life, five time Co-Captain of Mommy Dawn's Kids Relay for Life team and is a member of Class of 2015 Hero of Hope.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities 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 where teams and individuals camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

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

Last year, 60 teams participated in the Mill Creek, Edmonds, and Mukilteo Relay For Life and raised $104,712.

“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 Jayson Geveshausen, Chair, Relay For Life of South Snohomish County.

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

Visit relayforlife.org to learn more about the event, or contact Ilene Levering at 425.404.2236.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.

As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.

We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.

 

For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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