Relay for Life kick-off set for Jan. 22 in Bethel

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bethel, Danbury, and Redding will officially get underway as cancer survivors, caregivers, families, schools, companies, faith-based and civic organizations gather at the Bethel High School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. for a kick-off rally to launch their fund-raising efforts for the year.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. People from all walks of life come together with a shared mission of furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events. Teams do most of their fund-raising before the event, but some teams also hold creative fund-raisers at their campsites during Relay.

The 2013 Relay For Life of Bethel, Danbury, and Redding is scheduled for June 8 at Bethel High School. Anyone interested in forming a team, volunteering for the event, joining the planning committee, or just learning more about Relay For Life is encouraged to attend the Kick-Off Rally.

The 2012 Relay For Life of Bethel, Danbury, and Redding raised more than $121,000.

For more information about the Relay For Life of Bethel, Danbury, and Redding, to find out how to volunteer, or to RSVP for the Relay Kick-off, contact Rob Gerowe at 203-300-4225 or Rob.Gerowe@cancer.org. More information can also be found at relayforlife.org/bethelct.

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