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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Banners at the Oct. 2 kickoff illustrate the Relay for Life motto. The kickoff, held at Fellowship Community, officially started fundraising events which culminate at the Relay for Life event to take place at Whitehall High School June 22-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Banners at the Oct. 2 kickoff illustrate the Relay for Life motto. The kickoff, held at Fellowship Community, officially started fundraising events which culminate at the Relay for Life event to take place at Whitehall High School June 22-23.
This decorated luminary provides an example of how the bags can be decorated for the luminary ceremony at the Relay for Life event in the summer. This decorated luminary provides an example of how the bags can be decorated for the luminary ceremony at the Relay for Life event in the summer.

Relay for Life needs your help

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by The Press in Columns

Unfortunately, everyone knows at least one person who has cancer – a family member, friend or coworker.

One in every three males and one in every two females will be diagnosed with cancer, according to statistics compiled by the American Cancer Society.

No one wants to hear, "You have cancer."

The following few paragraphs are from www.Realyforlife.org:

"The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It's a life-changing experience. At relay, every person in the community has a chance to celebrate, remember and fight back. And every person who participates joins others around the globe as part of this worldwide movement to end cancer.

"Everyone's reason to relay is as unique as their own personal story. At relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry and create lasting memories.

"No matter why you take part in relay, however, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. With your help, we aren't just fighting one type of cancer – we're fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our loved ones or claim another year of anyone's life.

"Relay is a moving celebration of cancer survivorship. The event begins with a Survivors Lap in which cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track. A candlelight ceremony is held later in the evening to honor cancer survivors and remember those who we've lost to this disease."

At our Whitehall relay, teams pitch tents and camp out at the Whitehall High School stadium and take turns walking or running around the track. We have live entertainment, food and family-focused events. This is free to the public.

The relay starts on Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday, June 23, at 10 a.m. The event runs 24 hours because cancer never sleeps. Each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Each team also participates in fundraising during the months leading up to the Relay For Life event.

We focus on the communities in the Whitehall-Coplay, Northampton, and Catasauqua school districts, but welcome teams from other areas. We do have teams from Slatington, Macungie and South Whitehall. Teams can be made up of anywhere from two to 15 people. It costs $10 to register each team member and each member is asked to raise a minimum of $100 – that is five of your friends donating $20 each.

Register your team at www.RelayForLife.org/pawhiteall and attend our next relay meeting in the auditorium at Fellowship Community, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.