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Set sights to beat last years $62K level

Few fund-raising events bring a community together like Relay for Life does each year.

Given that so many people have been touched by cancer, it is no surprise that the national push to raise money for medical research is so successful year after year.

In Marengo County, the American Cancer Society cleared more than $62,000 in profits from the fund-raising efforts of area teams. That is quite a contribution our area communities have made in this vital fight.

Now, organizers of the events are kicking off another effort, this time culminating in the May 11 Relay for Life spectacular that will feature an all-night event to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

One important decision made by organizers was to start earlier. Instead of waiting until January to kick off efforts, organizers met this week. This will give teams and participants more time to plan events, raise money, seek assistance and prepare for an even bigger effort next year.

Of course, some teams don&8217;t wait for the kick-off to get going. Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital has already held a jewelry sale to raise money for Relay for Life. They are one of the biggest teams in the event, and they should be a model for others to follow.

In the coming months, we hope to see lots of activity surrounding Relay for Life. While not every business nor every person can be an active participant, everyone can do their part.

Whether it is to donate money or donate time, we encourage everyone to find a way to get involved in this year&8217;s Relay for Life.

Furthermore, go ahead now and mark your calendars for May 11. Attending this special event is not only a good time, but it will touch your heart as well.

And more than that, the wares and concessions being sold go to Relay for Life, which is a great way for everyone to give just a little to a great cause.

Join the fight against cancer by getting involved in Relay for Life 2007. Your efforts can help beat an outstanding level of giving set in 2006.