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On Thursday February 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life®
of Linn County will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather
at the African American Museum of Iowa for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising
efforts for the year. The rally will feature speakers from the community who have
benefitted from the funds raised at Relay and will honor cancer survivors. This also will
be the first opportunity to register a team for the event to be held on June 7th and 8th at
Kirkwood Community College.

WHEN – Thursday, February 7, 2013

WHERE – African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

This year marks the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society. In 1913, a small
group of physicians and business leaders in New York came together to try to raise public
awareness of cancer. Since then, the ACS has been fighting back against a disease that
does not discriminate, and this year, Relay For Life teams worldwide will hold events in
June, united to “Finish the Fight!”

The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes
communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer,
remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back
against the disease. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals,
schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering
the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more
birthdays.

Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24
hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay For Life will
take place in nearly 5,100 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and
will raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay
well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

HOW – To join a Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit
RelayForLife.org.


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