Relay for Life set to ‘Knock cancer off the board’

Douglas County Relay for Life has been preparing to “Knock Cancer off the Board” from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

The event will take place at Tuscola Community High School in the south parking lot.

Since 2001, the Douglas County event has raised $672,273 for the American Cancer Society, and this year organizers say the goal is to raise $72,000 gross income.

Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.

Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal.

The American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer, while maintaining the highest standards of stewardship.

“The American Cancer Society projects the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected each year in order to estimate the contemporary cancer burden, because cancer incidence and mortality data lag three to four years behind the current year,” according to information provided by Relay for Life.

The Douglas County events will kick off with the Survivor Celebration on Thursday June 14 at Felsor’s Candy Kitchen.

Cancer survivors and those living with cancer are invited to the Relay For Life of Douglas County Survivor Celebration ice cream social. The event is open house style, so guests are encouraged stop by anytime from 6:30-8 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Doris Pickett, and the 2018 Relay For Life Survivor T-shirts will be available for pick up.

For the main event on Saturday night, the theme, Knock Cancer off the Board, will allow the Relay Teams to decorate their campsites using board game themes, including Twister, Candy Land, Scrabble, I Spy, and more.

The full story can be found in the Wednesday, June 13 edition of The Tuscola Journal.

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