American Cancer Society forming Relay teams

By Portia Williams

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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Scioto County is seeking for get more teams registered. The American Cancer Society extends the opportunity to communities to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

LaChona Ferguson, community manager of Relay For Life of The American Cancer Society, Inc., said Relay For Life teams bring communities together.

“Cancer has taken to many lives in most of our lives. With one in two men, and one in three women being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime while one in four does not survive these statistics are unacceptable,” Ferguson said. “Relay For Life brings the community together to remember those lost too soon, support those still fighting and celebrate the survivors by increasing awareness in prevention, early detection and services offered by the American Cancer Society.”

Ferguson’s experience as a six-year volunteer for Relay For Life has served as a source of healing from personal losses due to cancer.

“Community involvement is priceless for the volunteers just as much as it is for the organization. When I began as a volunteer six years ago I didn’t realize how much I needed Relay For Life in my life to help me heal from the losses in my family and to feel like I was making a difference, and I have met so many along the way that feels the same way,” she said. “No place else can you find a place with others that have suffered the same losses you have, as well as come out to celebrate in a way to help put an end to cancer.”

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from noon until 2p.m. until midnight on Friday, June 17, 2016, with the location to be announced soon.

Additionally, Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams set up out at an athletic track, park, or fairground, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites at the event.

Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, and faith-based groups all aimed at furthering the efforts of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Those who desire to help in the fight against cancer whether in forming a team, becoming a sponsor or volunteering on the event leadership team. For more information call LaChona Ferguson at 740-708-5186 or email [email protected]

Help the American Cancer Society Finish the Fight Against Cancer. Register Your Team Today!Register your team today by visiting and entering your zip code to locate your event or by calling 1-877-957-7848.

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