Relay for Life seeking teams to help fight cancer Feb. 25

Relay for Life seeking teams to help fight cancer Feb. 25 People from all over the Clay County area will put on their walking shoes Feb. 25to step out in the fight against cancer. Whether they are employee groups, families, church youth groups, sororities and fraternities, professional organizations, or neighbors � they will all share the common goal of raising funds and having fun in the American Cancer Society 2001 DakotaDome Relay for Life.

Relay organizers hope the 2001 event will exceed the outstanding community response demonstrated in 2000 during which 750 people participated, $25,000 was raised, and 1,025 luminaries lined the DakotaDome track. Teams are already forming for the 2001 relay and it is simple to get involved.

Relay teams are groups of up to 15 people who commit to taking turns walking or running around the DakotaDome track between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25. Teams are encouraged to set up "campsites" � gathering places for team members to visit, play games, eat, and have fun!

Lunch and snacks will be provided to participants and a variety of entertainment and activities will be going on throughout the day. Fun and fund raising go hand in hand for relay participants. Teams are encouraged to keep this year's theme, 2001: A Team Odyssey, in mind as they plan their participation.

A team kick-off is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Askeland Lounge at Trinity Lutheran Church. Registered teams, folks thinking about putting teams together, and people who are interested in getting more information are invited to attend.

Teams help raise funds by paying an initial team fee of $150 plus additional fund raising efforts by individual team members. Together with contributions from event partners and sponsors and sales of luminaries, these funds will help the Clay County American Cancer Society meet its goal for the 2001 relay. Money raised in the local relay comes back to the area to help people with cancer and their families.

"Nobody asks why they should get involved in the Relay for Life," says Relay Team Recruitment Chairperson Elaine Larson. "People see this as a chance to make a difference. And we want to make it easy for them to accomplish it. We'll answer their questions, provide them with team packets, and be their 'cheerleaders' as they put together their teams."

For Larson, getting involved with the relay is a way to honor her mother, a cancer survivor who has walked in Relay for Life events for seven years.

"The fact that she's healthy and showing her thankfulness by walking demonstrates how important this effort is," Larson said.

Business partners to date are Clay County Abstract & Title Company, Vermillion Fertilizer Company, and the Vermillion Medical Clinic. There is still plenty of time for businesses to sign on as partners.

To find out more about putting together a relay team or joining an existing team, contact Elaine Larson at 624-2437, Wess Pravecek at 624-5352 or Ruth Bylander at 253-2138.

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