Rockford Relay For Life
Since Rockford’s first Relay for Life in 2003, this little town’s event has become one of the most successful Relays in the nation. The American Cancer Society 24-hour fund raiser is really a year round event, with teams coming up with creative and fun ways to raise donations and awareness. This year’s Relay celebration begins at 3 p.m. Friday, May 21 at North Rockford Middle School. The theme for this year is Rockin’ Relay, so visitors can expect music-themed tents and events. In the last seven years Relay, through community, school and city support, has become an amazing story of generosity and determination. To date the event has raised over $2 million and each year, with the exception of 2009, the totals have risen. Compare Rockford’s 2009 total of $340,000 raised to fight cancer to other communities that held Relays on the same day. Wyoming raised $106,000, East Grand Rapids raised $58,000 and Comstock Park raised $53,000. The magic of Relay is not a dollar figure, but the passion represented by these figures. A first-time visitor to Relay will feel the excitement in the air for a cause that literally does touch every life. Among the most moving events in a 24-hours full of events is the 9 p.m. Luminaria ceremony representing those who have fought cancer and the survivors walk at noon on Saturday. Take the time to experience Relay for Life this year, whether to remember a loved one who has battled cancer, or to show your support of those working for a cure.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold its eighth annual Relay For Life at North Rockford Middle School athletic field on Friday, May 21 through Saturday, May 22, 2010. The Rockford Relay Committee is holding its second meeting for all team members, cancer survivors, and anyone interested in organizing or joining a team for the Relay on Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Corporate Headquarters. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Relay For Life of Rockford has raised more than 2.1 million dollars in the last seven years. It is a 24-hour fund raising activity benefiting the ACS’s programs and services. The event is hosted by the City of Rockford and the Rockford Public Schools. The Relay For Life of Rockford committee has come up with a “Rockin’ Relay” theme for the 2010 event. We hope that our teams will incorporate music or a music-type theme into the tent decorations and team activities. The American Cancer Society offers hope and support for those diagnosed, and wants us to remember those who have succumbed to cancer. For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/rockfordmi and click on “Donate” or contact Kelly Lipe (616) 866-2936 or Bonnie Ryfiak (616) 866-9707.
by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools What if you could personally participate in research to help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer? And what if your involvement ultimately leads to eliminating cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? Would you do it? If your answer is yes, please consider participating in an unprecedented opportunity by enrolling in CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study-3) at this year’s Relay For Life in Rockford. Our Relay has been selected to enroll participants in the American Cancer Society’s third research study (the first study started back in 1950 and contributed to linking several factors such as cigarette smoking, obesity, and air pollution to cancer risk). Enrollment in CPS-3 will take place on Friday, May 15, 2009 from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Rockford Relay For Life at North Rockford Middle School. To see if you are eligible to participate and what is involved, please go to www.cancer.org/cps3, or for more information please contact Kyle Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-551-4035. Please join me, enroll in CPS-3 on May 15 If you are unable to participate in the study, please consider forwarding this to family and friends who may be willing to participate. Enrollees do not have to be on a Relay For Life team
Last year the Accents Hair Design Cut-A-Thon raised $2,500 for Rockford Relay For Life. The second annual Cut-A-Thon will be held at Accents, 6575 Belding Road, on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature $10 cuts and manicures, complimentary food from Pizeria Grandé and Bostwick Lake Bakery as well as $10 chair massages at Simply Chiropractic, located right next door. All proceeds benefit Rockford Relay For Life. For more information call Accents at (616) 874-9215.