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Volunteers sought to fight for more birthdays

November 6th, 2011 5:22 pm by staff report

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers — cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, youth, anyone wanting to make a difference — in Kingsport to organize and recruit fund-raising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2012 event.

Informational receptions will be held at several Kingsport locations to give the public a chance to find out about Relay For Life. Receptions are scheduled for noon, Nov. 10, at Starbuck;s on Eastman Road; 7 p.m., Nov. 15, at Bone Fire Smokehouse on East Main Street; and noon, Nov. 17, at Korner-Copia on Center Street. Any corporation, church, civic group, friend/family team, and individuals are welcome.

Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease. Thanks to the Relay For Life, 4,598 services have been provided this year for cancer patients in Sullivan County.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out. Teams do most of their fund-raising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fund-raisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together 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 Doug Fabick , co-chair of the 2012 Relay For Life of Kingsport. “Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let Kingsport know that cancer can be defeated.”

As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, the American Cancer Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. The ACS is the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion.

For more information about Relay For Life, call Elise Allen 282-7004. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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