Don Young to serve as honorary chair <br />for ACS Relay For Life of Union County

The Planning Committee for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Union County has selected Don Young to serve as Honorary Chair for this year's Relay For Life®.

Young, a Beresford resident, is an 11-year cancer survivor and will speak during the opening ceremony of the relay.

The world's largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their relay.

"Here in Union County, funds raised by our Relay For Life event are making an impact on so many lives," said Dawn Nordquist, planning committee member. "From making possible the vital American Cancer Society programs and services that support those in our community facing a diagnosis, to life-changing cancer research and medical discovery, to advocacy for access to quality health care for everyone affected by cancer, the money raised through Relay For Life of Union County is helping further the vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

Others serving on the Relay For Life committee include: Rosemary Weiland, Larry Speich, Lois Savey, Jenni Antonson, Jay Nordquist, Robin Nordquist, Jodi Nordquist, and Staci Nordquist.

The Relay For Life of Union County takes place at the Beresford High School Track on July 30-31. To participate, call Dawn at 763-2556 or Rosemary at 253-2235, or email unioncountyrelay2010@gmail.com.

For more information about how Relay For Life benefits the local community, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit RelayForLife.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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