Grand County Relay for Life fights cancer in local communities
April 25, 2008
To the Editor:
Throughout 2007, Grand County news has included articles on local victims and survivors of cancer. Although we live in a wonderful community of friends and neighbors quick to step in and help, funding to provide services to these victims and survivors has been very limited in Grand County.
Because of this great need, I have agreed to be the publicity and sponsorship chair for the American Cancer Society’s 2nd Annual Grand County “Relay for Life” to be held on the MPHS track on Saturday, Aug. 2.
“Relay for Life” is an overnight event. The concept is that, for one night per year (because “cancer never sleeps”), participants enjoy a fun-filled, overnight event to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer.
What motivated me to become involved was the fact that 90 percent of the funds raised in Grand County’s “Relay for Life” will be designated for use in Grand County.
We will be partnering with the Grand County Rural Health Network, the Heart of the Mountains Hospice, and the local cancer survivors group to determine the best use of these funds.
Current statistics indicate that one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. How many of us have not already been affected, either directly or through relationships with friends and family members battling for their lives?
My thanks to all of our community members who showed up for our kick-off event last Friday. I know the timing was not perfect, but I sure hope that those of you who could not attend will still follow up with me. Anything you can offer, financially or by volunteering time to this event, will be greatly appreciated.
For more information or any questions regarding sponsorship, participation, team fundraising, or the purchase of luminarias to remember loved ones during this important community event, please go to http://www.grandcountyrelay.org or contact me directly.
Publicity and Sponsorship Chair
Grand County “Relay for Life”