Teams, volunteers needed for Relay For Life

Summer may officially still be a few weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped area volunteers from making plans for this year’s American Cancer Society Columbia Gorge Relay For Life.

The annual event is slated for July 19 and 20 at Hood River Valley High School. The event will run from 9 a.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Teams are still forming for Relay For Life. Join people from all walks of life for an overnight team event to celebrate survivorship and raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature event where participants walk, run, stroll or roll around a track during the community event. Participants are encouraged to camp out around the track and take part in family fun activities when they aren’t taking their turn on the track.

Participants, including cancer survivors, individuals, families, and teams from companies and other organizations collect donations and can win prizes for their efforts.

For more information on volunteering to serve on a Relay committee, volunteer as a corporate sponsor, or to register a team to participate, contact coordinator Marilynn Shaw at 541-980-4444 or at the Sprint answer line, 541-387-5882. For cancer information 24 hours a day, call 800-ACS-2345 or go to www.cancer.org.

To make the event happen, a host of volunteers are needed to staff the various committees. While most of the committee posts are already filled, Shaw notes there are still a few that need chairs and volunteers.

“Anyone interested in chairing a committee, or simply volunteering to help with the Relay, is invited to give me a call,” Shaw said. “It won’t take up a lot of time, but the efforts of the volunteers will help us fund the battle to find a cure for cancer.”

Shaw also notes that a drive is on to secure additional teams to participate in the event. Teams are traditionally made up of 8-20 individuals, and usually represent companies, small businesses and community organizations.

Many companies drawing up teams also participate as corporate sponsors of the event.

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