The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Merrill will hold a free kickoff for the annual event on March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Merrill Fire Station (enter Door #3). Everyone is invited to the kickoff to learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer. A light supper will be provided. Spillover parking is available in the parking lots of One Way Collision and Fun Stuff.
The program will highlight how the community has benefitted from funds raised and will honor cancer survivors and caregivers. Speakers will include Fire Chief Dave Savone. Guests will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay for Life event, which will be held on Aug. 5-6 at the Festival Grounds in Merrill.
The Relay for Live movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay for Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking around a track or path. Many family activities are featured at the events. Teams and individuals participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.
The Relay for Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015. Last year, 126 people participated in the Relay for Life of Merrill and raised $62,000.
“This is our community’s opportunity to help save lives from cancer by taking our message to more people and raising more dollars to fund the fight,” said Deloris Bauman, Merrill event lead. “Together, our efforts can make a big difference.”
Visit www.relayforlife.org/merrillwi to learn about the event or contact Diane Geis Hapka, Merrill’s staff partner with The American Cancer Society at 715-891-2061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.