Organizers are looking for teams to join the Relay For Life of Crawford County to help raise money for cancer research.
Relay For Life is recruiting teams from businesses, schools, families and places of worship to participate in the event on June 9 at Alma Intermediate School.
"The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all," said Rhonda Lyle, Relay For Life of Crawford County volunteer event lead. "Each new team that registers brings us one step closer to saving more lives."
A community-based event, teams and individuals participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life program set up campsites at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times.
Relays last overnight, for about 12 hours, and many teams offer food, drinks and activities during the event.
Relay For Life teams should be committed to helping finish the fight against cancer and raise funds to support the lifesaving mission, Lyle said.
"Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves," Lyle said.
Cancer survivors and caregivers take a celebratory first lap to start each event.
Last year, more than 500 people participated in Crawford County and raised funds to support the mission to finish the fight against cancer once and for all, Lyle said. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide in 2014.
Teams and individuals can sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting www.relayforlife.org/crawfordar or by calling (800)227-2345.