The second Relay For Life of Scioto County Open House will be Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m., at the Scioto County Welcome Center on Second Street in Portsmouth.
Event Chair Jane Gee said volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support and underwriting, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and numerous other activities.
"Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser," Gee said. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease."
The current search is for walkers and runners, cancer survivors, community leaders and team captains.
Gee said it was estimated in 2006, about 60,000 Ohioans would be diagnosed with cancer and approximately 25,000 would die from the disease according to the American Cancer Society. She said early detection and prevention and research funded by organizations such as the American Cancer Society have increased the five-year survival rate for those patients to 66 percent.
Relay For Life is an 18 to 24-hour event that brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families, and allows them to have fun while enjoying food, music and entertainment under the stars, while team members take turns walking or running on a track.
Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivors Walk and a reception to celebrate life. The monies raised from the event go toward the American Cancer Society