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It’s time for Nash County Relay
Yes, Relayers, it’s that time of year again. Go ahead and put April 25 and 26 at the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium at 6 o’clock on your calendar. Early registration deadline for teams is Thursday,January 17, 2008, at Calvary Baptist Church. Old teams, new teams, survivors, care givers, or just any folks who are interested and want to help in our fight against cancer. Team packets and information will be given out Thursday night. For those of you that haven’t been “bitten by the relay bug” yet, let me share some very important facts with you.

In 2007, Nash Relayers raised $260,000 in the fight against cancer. Our goal for 2008 in $267,400. Let me tell you how we can get there. First of all, it begins with recruiting teams. We had 63 teams last year. Those teams raised an average of $4,040. Many of those teams will be returning and we hope to get at least 10 new teams in 2008. Listen to this, if each new team raises just $1000, that would add $10,000 toward our total.

The second way we can reach our goal in 2008 will be by increasing corporate sponsorship. We raised more than $25,000 in corporate sponsorships last year. Our goal for this year is to increase that by $10,000. That could mean adding 10 new $1,000 sponsors.

Sales of luminaries will also help us meet our goal. We sold about 900 luminaries last year, our goal is to increase that by 100. There are 90,000 people in Nash County, think about what could happen if every family purchased a luminary to honor or in memory of someone special to us. This year, luminary sales will count toward individual money raised.

Our Kid’s Walk event on Saturday, April 26, will be better than ever. During this child-focused part of Relay, children have their own time to walk the track and participate in the fight. Along the way, teams will have games and goodies for the participants. We hope to raise $2,500 during the Kid’s Walk. So please consider signing up your child to take part.

By all these ways, there’s the chance and hope to top our goal by more than $30,000. We can do this if we have all our GREAT TEAMS continue to do GREAT things, Grow our Relay with new teams and new participants, light the Relay night with luminaries, celebrate our survivors by packing the track with people to cheer them on, support our corporate program by adding new sponsors, and fight back against cancer by raising money for research, education, advocacy, and service.

Why should you become involved in Relay? One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The money raised at Relay for Life saves lives by funding cutting edge cancer research, supporting early detection of cancer and promoting prevention education, advocacy efforts and life affirming patient services. It is because of your involvement that we are able to save lives, help those battling cancer and empower all to fight back against the disease.

Relay allows all individuals an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have been lost to the disease. For the newly diagnosed, Relay is a healing experience that offers a chance to meet others who have claimed victory over cancer. For the caregivers who give their time, love and support to their friends and family who face cancer, it provides hope and understanding.

If you would like to be involved, please come to the Relay meeting on Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, visit our Web site at www.nashrelay.org or contact on of our event co-chairs.

Co-event chairs
Nikki Hanson

Gloria Joyner

Peggy Winstead

Team recruitment Chair
Rhonda Massey

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