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Loomis Basin Relay for Life seeks volunteers, teams

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Volunteers and teams are being recruited for the first American Cancer Society Relay For Life in the Loomis Basin. Organizers will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Loomis Library for those interested in recruiting and assembling teams, seeking community support, coordinating logistics, securing donated refreshments and prizes, planning entertainment and lending their support in any way. Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. The events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the event. To reserve a spot at the informational meeting on June 24, volunteer on the Relay For Life committee or serve as a team captain, call Sarah Evingham at 207-0382. “Relay For Life gives the Loomis Basin community a unique opportunity to contribute to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives, by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back,” said Evingham, Relay For Life manager for the American Cancer Society. “Residents who give their time, energy and financial commitment to this exciting event are really standing up for our community and its pledge to join the fight,” she said. - Staff report