Published On: Thu, Mar 20th, 2008

Relay for Life Teams Gearing Up for Big Event

LAUREL ¬– March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and residents of Cedar County met March 10 to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Cedar County Relay for Life team captains and committee members met to share ideas and to hear about activities planned for the seventh annual Relay For Life of Cedar County, which will be held at the Laurel Athletic Complex May 31.

Relay for Life starts at dusk and ends in the morning hours of the following day. The event will begin at 7 p.m. May 31 and will run until 7 a.m. June 1.
The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotions and mental state of cancer patients while undergoing treatments.
Each team member is asked to raise money before the event. Teams solicit donations and hold fund-raisers .
With help from the funds raised at the Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society dedicates more money to cancer research than any other private nonprofit organization in the United States. They also provide educational information on all types of cancer.
Since March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, the ACS recommends everyone 50 or older get regular colon cancer screenings. Colon cancer, the third most common cancer in men and women, is preventable and highly treatable.
Because it begins as a precancerous polyp, finding the polyp early and removing it means colon cancer can be stopped before it starts.
Even if cancer is found, patients have a 90 percent survival rate if they catch it early enough.
For anyone interested in making a difference in the fight against cancer, there will be another team captain’s meeting at 7 p.m. (Committee members 6 p.m.) on Monday, April 14 at the Laurel Learning Center.
To sign up a team, contact Lynette Krie, (402) 283-4636 or Trisha Reifenrath (402) 256-9336.