For more information contact:
Lisa M. Anthon, APR
716/689-6982 extension 113
Amherst, New York—March 29, 2005–
WHO: The American Cancer Society seeks various types of volunteers to lend a helping hand for its annual Relay For Life event to support cancer research, education and patient and family services in the Western New York community. More than ever, people are looking for a sense of community and the American Cancer Society is fulfilling that need with the Relay For Life event. There are many ways that you can help.
Survivors – Come out and join your community to celebrate life. Inspire others and help kick off your local Relay For Life event by walking in the Survivor Lap. In 2004, more than 500,000 cancer survivors walked in the opening lap of Relay For Life.
Caregivers – Come out to Relay and be recognized for all of your selfless deeds in taking care of someone with cancer
Committee Members – Different committees are forming now in many areas such as entertainment, games, food, prizes, etc.
Volunteers – Volunteers are needed for many areas, registration, participation, team recruitment, etc.
Groups – Local companies, community groups, civic associations, religious organizations, schools, etc., can also take up the fight against cancer. Form a Relay For Life team or be a sponsor. Sponsorships can be tailored to a group’s ability to give.
WHAT: The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking or running around a track “relay” style to raise funds to fight cancer. Now in its 21st year, Relay has spread to 4,200 communities in the United States and nine other countries.
At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria candles around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.
April 22 – 23 SUNY at Buffalo
May 21 – 22 Barker
June 4 – 5 Akron
June 4 – 5 Jamestown
June 4 – 5 West Seneca
June 10 - 11 Lewiston
June 10 - 11 Grand Island
June 10 - 11 Ellicottville
June 11 - 12 Hamburg
June 11 - 12 Dunkirk/Fredonia
June 17 - 18 Elma
June 18 - 19 Ken-Ton
HOW: If you would like to volunteer or find out how to build a team for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The American Cancer Society Eastern Division has 46 community-based offices, involving thousands of volunteers throughout New York and New Jersey. For 24-hour cancer information, call toll-free
1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.