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American Cancer Society's Relay For Life Is April 4-5

The American Cancer Society's 2003 Relay for Life in River Falls is April 4-5 at the River Falls High School.

Relay for Life is a free community and family event that is open to the public. Entertainment will include live bands, dancers and a children's activity area.

The event consists of teams of up to 15 people representing River Falls companies, organizations, churches, neighborhoods and families who spend 16 hours together in an overnight effort to raise money to fight cancer.

The objective is to have at least one member of each team walking the indoor track for the entire event. Highlights of the event include the Survivor's Lap and Luminaria Ceremony. During the Survivor's Lap, which begins at 6 p.m. on April 4, all cancer survivors are invited to join the ceremonial first lap around the track as they are cheered on by the crowd.

The Luminaria Ceremony is set for 10 p.m. April 4 and pays tribute to those whose lives have been affected by cancer. During the event, people may purchase a luminaria in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. These luminaria bags will then be placed around the track and lit by strings of lights for a brief memorial program that will include a guest speaker.

"I would encourage people to come out to the event and see what itŐs all about," said Sarah Smits, event chairperson. "It's amazing what a community can do when they make up their minds to fight cancer!"

Money raised from this event will help support cancer research, education and service to cancer patients and their families in the River Falls area. For more information or to participate, contact Smits at 715/425-7205.


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