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Register your American Cancer Society Relay for Life team today

April 30, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

TAMA The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tama County is just around the corner. Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society at 319-866-7109 or Luanne Lorenzen at 319-231-0820. This "celebration of life" brings the Tama County community together in a unified effort to fight cancer. Dysart - Wendy Wieben at 319-476-3061; Tama - Laurie Back at 641-484-2518.

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from 6:00 p.m. on June 12 until 6:00 a.m. on June 13 at the South Tama High School track.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to help eliminate cancer. Participants camp out at the Relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. The event helps communities celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals, and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

"Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront," said Lauri Baack, event chair. "Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been not only reducing death rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment."

"The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services," said Luanne Lorenzen. "Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors like Farmers Savings Bank, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society's lifesaving programs."

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from Lauri Baack at 641-484-2518, Luane Lorenzen at 319-231-0820, or Wendy Wieben at 319-476-3061, or online at

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be. As a nationwide organization, the American Cancer Society helps everyone facing the disease, when and where they need assistance. Dollars raised through Relay For Life are providing hope to people in the Tama County community. For cancer information, day-to-day help, or emotional support, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit



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