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Relay for Life sets kickoff party for next month

JoANN SMITH, News WestMay 15, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Every person on this planet wishes for the day when cancer is eradicated, when they no longer have to watch family members and friends fight with every fiber of their being, or be the person going through unimaginable hell.

Survivors and those who lose their battle demonstrate such courage and grace in whatever the outcome that isn’t of their choosing. Those left behind struggle with the loss, trying to make sense of it all while picking up the pieces in an effort to figure out what comes next.

Despite all of that, one of the best ways to battle the disease is with continued research, and that is why organizers of the annual Colorado River Relay for Life are starting fundraising early this year before the American Cancer Society’s worldwide community-based signature event returns in March 2020.

“We want this town to turn purple again so we can fight off cancer,” said Karen Morris, of We Care Cancer Support and a local organizer of the Relay. “Everybody knows somebody affected by cancer, probably many times over, so everyone knows how this disease can change the lives of families and friends as well as those who either struggle or have lost their battles. Everyone involved experiences a loss.

“To that end, the first Colorado River Relay for Life Kick-Off party will be held Wednesday, June 5, 5 to 8 p.m. at JP’s Pub & Grille, 2350 Miracle Mile, in Bullhead City,” she said. “This is a chance for people to get teams together and register at the event.

“JP’s Pub was gracious enough to provide complementary appetizers for the kick-off event. They also have a special Relay for Life menu available,” she added. “Grace Black and ClassAct Band will provide the live entertainment.

“This is our first kick-off registration event,” Morris said. “Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.”

While there is no cost to participate in the Relay for Life, teams are encouraged to raise funds as much as possible before, during and two months after the event. Team members who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative Colorado River Relay for Life T-shirt. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society continue its research to diminish this insidious disease.

“We are encouraging team members to have $100 per person, which they can do by asking 10 friends, associates, and family members for $10 each,” she said. “Relay is important so the American Cancer Society can continue to fund research.”

Be the first to sign up your teams at the kick-off for a chance to win a kayak trip for two and start fundraising. Trophies and plaques will be awarded during Relay closing ceremonies for the most members on a team and most money raised by a team.

“Next year, we are going back to our ‘over-nighter’ format on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, and we’re moving the event to the new Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse, in 2020,” she added. “We’re working on our second kick-off in September and we’re having a bowling tournament on Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Riverside Resort.”

For more information, contact Morris at 928-201-2327 or Debbie Hendren at 202-805-5417. Registration forms are available at the kick-off.

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