Seeking Additional Teams for Relay For LifeFernandina Beach, FL – The American Cancer Society is seeking teams for the Relay for Life of Fernandina Beach. An informational meeting will take place at 6:00 to 8:00 PM on November 5, 2013, at the Community Meeting Room inside the Fernandina Beach Police Station, on Lime Street, Amelia Island.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature, fundraising activity. Teams of eight to 15 members gather to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay for Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches… people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

Teams are encouraged to sign up early for the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Fernandina Beach, taking place in spring 2014.

“By organizing early, teams have more time to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” said Sarah Welsh, for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and empower others to fight back against a disease that takes too much.

“The event raises awareness about the progress against cancer while also raising funds to fight the disease,” said Welsh. “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting community event, as a volunteer or as a participant, have made a commitment to fight back against cancer.”

Team captains have a critical role in the Relay. A Captain’s meeting is planned to jump start enthusiasm and to help get teams on the right track.

Team captain duties include the following:
-Recruit eight to 15 team members at work, church, community clubs, civic organizations, family, friends or neighbors
-Attend Relay captain team meetings
-Secure team commitment fee of $10 per team member from sponsor or team members. (The fee helps cover the costs of printing registration materials and other event overhead costs.)
-Set a fundraising goal for the team and for individual members.
-Encourage and plan team fundraising events.
-Host team meetings. Recognize team successes and promote team spirit.
-Encourage team members to sell luminaria and to write names or decorate the bags for the event.
-Develop a team theme for the team’s site at the Relay.

For more information on the Relay for Life or to register a team, contact Sarah Welsh at (904) 240-7783. You can also visit RelayForLife.org to connect with other Relayers in your community and across the nation.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s research, prevention, advocacy, patient services and early detection programs, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

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