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Lap of Hope Begins American Cancer Society Relay For Life

May 20, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

In a nation where more than one million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, Tama County is invited to celebrate life.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tama County is a unique fundraising event in which teams of participants take turns walking the track overnight in an effort to fight cancer. This year's Relay For Life will take place at the South Tama High School track on Friday, June 12.

At more than 4,900 Relay events nationwide, communities celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved one lost, and commit to fight back against the disease.

Relay For Life begins with a moving Survivors Lap at 6:00 p.m.. This emotional lap honors the courage of all who have defeated cancer. Cancer survivors join together to take the opening lap - unified in victory and in hope.

The atmosphere of Relay For Life is one of camaraderie and celebration, providing an opportunity for cancer survivors and caregivers to pass the torch of hope on to those still battling cancer or those that might be touched by cancer in the future.

If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Tama County, please call a local committee member Traer Luane Lorenzen at 319-231-0820; DysartMary Mehlhouse at 319-476-3460 or Karen Symonds at 319-476-7762; Tama- Laurie Baack at 641-484-2518 or visit All survivors will be recognized at the event.

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-ACS-2345 or visit



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