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February 26, 2020

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American Cancer Society seeks teams for upcoming Relay For Life of the Northwoods

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is asking community members to be part of the world's largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer by participating in the annual Relay For Life of the Northwoods in Eagle River to be held Saturday, May 16 at the World Snowmobile Derby Complex.

The Relay For Life movement unites 2.5 million participants globally to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer, according to an ACS press release.

Joy Turpin, event lead for the Relay For Life event, is excited about this year's event.

"This year our theme is 'Living Hope'. We feel like each participant and donor to our event brings hope to those who are battling cancer or supporting a loved one with cancer," she said. "We also remember those who have been lost to this disease, but Relay is a celebration of life and a way to make a difference to many in our community and beyond."

"You do not have to be someone experiencing cancer firsthand to participate, you simply need to want to see cancer be something we can treat, cure, or prevent," Turpin continued. "Everyone wants that, of course. The name Relay For Life implies you must be a walker to participate. While that was how Relay started, it has evolved into many things in the thousands of events that take place each year. Our event will be primarily indoors, with some activities outside. We will have an artisan market, bounce house and petting zoo for the kids, delicious food and beverages, including a cash bar sponsored by the Derby Complex, drawings, silent auction, ceremonial laps, luminaria ceremony and more. We are excited to have the music of Brett and Frisk this year!"

"Teams can be formed by families, friends, co-workers, clubs, school students, churches or any other group that wants to get together in support of the American Cancer Society's mission of work," the release notes. "You do not have to be a team to participate - individuals are welcome."

Monthly meetings to plan the event and share ideas will be held at First Congregational Church UCC in Eagle River starting at 6 p.m., everyone is welcome.

Meetings will be held on Jan. 27, March 2, April 6, April 27 with May 11 as T-shirt Night.

Event set up will be on May 15. Visit the event's website at for additional information.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, Relay For Life events around the world have raised nearly $6.5 billion to help ACS attack cancer. Funds raised help ACS fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

Last year's Relay For Life of the Northwoods raised more than $36,600 to help ACS fight cancer on every front, the release states.

Fundraising is done year around, with the event being a celebration of life and kick off to the fundraising that will take place throughout 2020.

"Cancer has hit our community members so many times, and our work to help those facing the challenge with research funding, 24 hour/365 days a year information, free lodging, assistance with transportation and more helps to make their journey easier," Turpin said. "Our goal is to keep fighting along with them until no one hears the words, 'You have cancer.'"

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit

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