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Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley hosting kick-off event Feb. 21 in Mendota

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2013

Relay For Life team members gather at the opening of the 2012 RFLUIV event at Lake Mendota. (Reporter file photo)

MENDOTA – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley will hold its annual Kick-off event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Mendota High School. Friends, neighbors, cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Relay For Life are encouraged to attend.

The kick-off event offers information about the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives faster by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back. Guests will have the opportunity to pick out Relay campsites, win prizes and learn more about the exciting activities planned for this year’s Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is an overnight event where teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families build awareness and raise funds - prior to and at the event - to fight cancer. While the main objective of Relay For Life is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event helps spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and unite a community in the fight against cancer.

This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Upper Illinois Valley will be held on Saturday, July 13 at Lake Mendota Park. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, secure community support, coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, assist with publicity and plan entertainment activities for this exciting and energizing event.

For more information on the Relay For Life kick-off celebration, contact the American Cancer Society at (630) 879-9009 or visit Relayforlife.org/upperillinoisvalleyil. Teams may register online anytime.

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