ACS Relay For Life is a success

The ninth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Union County, held this year for the first time in Beresford, raised more than $15,000 to support the Society's mission of saving lives from cancer – leaving volunteers and participants exhausted, but happy, after walking many miles at the Beresford High School Track.

"Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, Union County residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. We can't thank them enough for taking part in this year's Relay," said Dawn Nordquist, one of the volunteer chairs for the 2010 Relay For Life.

Sixteen teams participated in this year's Relay event. The teams were comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs and other organizations.

"Too many people in our community will face a cancer diagnosis this year," said Nordquist, "so it's critical that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back."

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Union County was made possible by the generosity of many local area businesses and groups who made donations – including everything from food and water to the use of the track.

Next year's Relay date has already been set – the 2011 Relay For Life of Union County will be held July 22-23 again at the Beresford High School Track. To learn more about Relay For Life, visit www.RelayForLife.org or call 800-227-2345. You can also get involved in the planning committee by reaching out to Dawn Nordquist.

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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