CLINTON — The American Cancer Society invites individuals who want to learn more about forming a team and helping to fight cancer to attend the Relay For Life of Clinton County kickoff at 6:30 p.m. March 31 at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort.

“This meeting is the first step in learning about the Clinton County event. We are excited to have the Wild Rose host our kick-off event this year and assist us in our fight against cancer,” said Karen Roode, event tri-chairwoman. For the past 13 years, the event has grown each year raising more than $127,500 last year. Corporate sponsors for the Aug. 21 event include: Mercy Medical Center, Camanche schools, radio station KROS, the Clinton Herald, Wild Rose Casino and Resort, Ashford University and Target.

In 1985, Relay For Life began with one man, Dr. Gordon Klatt, who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. Today, it is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds while celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost and fighting back against a disease that takes too much.

At nightfall, participants light thousands of luminaria around the track in a ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

To join Relay For Life of Clinton County, call event tri-chairs Roode, (563) 522-2665, Corinna Waidelich, (563) 357-5677, or Jamie Burken, (563) 212-7730. Individuals may also visit the event’s Web site at www.events.cancer.org/rfl/clintoncountyia.

The American Cancer Society helps everyone facing the disease when and where they need assistance. Dollars raised through Relay For Life are providing hope to people in the community. For cancer information, day-to-day help or emotional support, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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