Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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March 11, 2014

Relay for Life sponsors needed

The American Cancer Society officials urge local businesses to help support the fight against cancer in their communities by becoming sponsors of Relay For Life, according to a press release.

Cancer touches everyone, and involvement in this event is a great way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Many options for corporate sponsorship are available, including forming a team at one or more local events; providing in-kind donations of goods; purchasing event sponsor signs for track display; encouraging employees to volunteer at events; and collecting donations at places of business.

“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon,” stated Jeni Schnebelt, Ripley County’s event chair. “Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts – we’re all a part of the fight and we need the community’s help.”

In Ripley County and more than 5,200 other communities around the globe, the event unites people to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement continues to grow as tens of thousands of people will participate in relay events across Indiana.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at a high school athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the night, to signify that cancer never sleeps. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during relay.

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