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February 15, 2011 > Be a fight back star!

Be a fight back star!

Submitted By Allie Carroll

It's that wonderful time of year to start planning the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Fremont, a 24-hour team walk-a-thon that raises funds and awareness in the battle against cancer. So if you decided that this is the year to go out and volunteer your time for others, WE NEED YOU!

The ACS Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in the communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have dealt with cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Relays are 24-hour overnight events to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps.

Last year's Relay For Life of Fremont was magnificent, with $100,833 net funds raised, 49 teams, and 82 registered survivors. We want to beat that record, but we can't do it alone. We desperately need help from the public. We have already hosted three meetings to start planning and only a handful of people showed up. If you have a special gift, talent, or desire to help, we need volunteers to help with entertainment, survivorship, logistics, food and hospitality, and many more committee positions. We highly encourage our youth to come out and help. Many local high schools participated in last year's Relay. Relay For Life is a team event, so we are also focusing on team recruitment. At Relay, teams of 8-15 people commit to raising $100 each and take turns walking or running relay-style for 24 hours. So talk to your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors about joining together in this fight and joining us on the track this summer. If we all work together, we can make this a successful 2011 Relay.

Mark your calendar for June 25-26, 2011. Relay For Life of Fremont will once again be held at the California School for the Deaf, who we are so grateful to for hosting us. Come be a part of an awe-inspiring event!

If you would like to get involved, please contact Michelle Regalo at (510) 460-8515 or michelle.regalo@cancer.org, or Allie Carroll at msmimicarroll@yahoo.com.

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