Volunteers needed for Northborough-Southborough Relay For Life

Above: The Survivors Walk at the 2009 Relay For Life (photo by Chris Wraight)

Over the past two years the Northborough-Southborough Relay For Life has raised nearly $70K for cancer research. The overnight event will be held again this spring at Algonquin, and representatives from the American Cancer Society are looking for volunteers to help out. They’ll hold a volunteer open house on Monday, November 15 at 6:30 pm at Algonquin.

Here are all the details:

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Northborough-Southborough seeks volunteers from the community- walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference – to organize and recruit teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2011 event.

The first volunteer open house meeting takes place November 15 at 6:30p.m at the Algonquin High School Cafeteria. The open house will begin the planning process and provide information for the Relay For Life of  Northborough-Southborough which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well and get well, and by finding cures and fighting back against the disease. The public is invited to stop by anytime during the open house to get more information about the event and the ways to get involved.

Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, people from all walks of life – all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost and fighting back against the disease.

“Relay For Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society, and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Katie Hafner American Cancer Society staff partner. “Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let people know that cancer can be defeated.”

The Spring 2011 event takes place overnight as individuals and teams camp out at with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the event, signifying that cancer never sleeps. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during the relay.

For more information or to volunteer, call Katie Hafner at American Cancer Society at 508.270.4642 or Katie.Hafner@cancer.org

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