Volunteers needed for Relay For Life

By Press Reports

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Choctaw County – walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference – to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2013 event. The first volunteer committee meeting will be held on January 24 at Ackerman Church of Christ at 460 Seward Street, Ackerman. The meeting will begin the planning process for the community’s Relay For Life event, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

Choctaw County’s event is slated for July or early August from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the new Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw at the intersections of Highways 9 and 12 in Ackerman.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease.

“Relay For Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Christin Waters, American Cancer Society Staff Partner. “Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Choctaw County community members know that cancer can be defeated.”

If you would like to join the Relay For Life of Choctaw County as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at 662.285.7860, or visit RelayForLife.org.