It may seem a little too early to start thinking about Relay for Life, but the 2013 Relay for Life Committee has been hard at work for several months now, gearing up for what they hope will be another successful event.
Relay 2013 is scheduled for May 31 and June 1 at Dark Horse Stadium. Efforts and plans are in the works to make this year’s event the best one yet, organizers stressed.
Sherry Massey, Relay co-chairwoman, said the committee has committed itself to seeing that this year’s event exceeds all hopes and goals.
“We have already put into place a policy for inclement weather. Hopefully we will not experience another storm like we had last year,” Massey stressed about the storms that cut short the 2012 event.
“Despite the fact that we had to shorten the night’s activities last year, we did well in our fundraising. We are looking for some new ideas and improving on the ones that have worked in the past. The committee is encouraging teams to start signing up now. It is never too soon to begin raising money to fight cancer,” asserted Massey.
The goal for the 2013 Relay is $195,000. The committee is hoping Sampson County will meet and exceed this goal.
Massey explained that teams need to organize and start working to raise as much as possible before the actual Relay weekend.
“We are attempting to get people excited and enthusiastic for this year’s Relay. The secret to being successful at Relay is getting an early start. The need for money to continue the fight against cancer is great. For this reason we have decided to offer a little incentive. If a team registers by Jan. 1, they will receive a 2013 commemorative stadium cup with lid. In addition the cup will contain a ticket for a possible additional prize,” explained the co-chairwoman.
The Sampson County Relay for Life Committee gives everyone in the community a chance to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Registration is simple. Just visit, Relay For Life of Sampson County at www.relayforlife.org/sampsonnc.
For someone not familiar with Relay for Life events, Sampson’s event is held overnight with individuals and teams camping out at Dark Horse Stadium and the Clinton High School track, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the evening. Massey stated that most teams do the majority of their fund raising prior to the event, however, most teams do have items for sale and all types of food to buy and eat. Entertainment is also provided throughout the event. Special programs for survivors and the kids are also included.
“Relay for Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer,” expressed Massey. “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced or are facing cancer themselves. Their involvement helps bring hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem,” continued the co-chairwoman.
Massey added that the committee is urging anyone wishing to start a team to do so. Information regarding how to start a team can be found on the website.
“We are also encouraging businesses and companies to take part. Cancer touches everyone and involvement in Relay for Life is a great way for businesses and companies to demonstrate their commitment to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” explained Massey.
Massey and the Relay Committee are hoping that more teams and businesses will become involved this year.
“The need is great. Sampson County has been and continues to be very generous in helping the fight against cancer and bringing more birthdays. We would like this year’s Relay reach beyond our expectations and see great things occur. Most everyone has been affected by cancer. Giving back through Relay for Life is a way to help others celebrate another birthday and family keep loved ones around for years to come,” remarked Massey.