Plan now to volunteer or take part in Relay for Life scheduled in July
By Jan Rahn
Although it’s still the middle of winter and bitter cold this week, plans for a hot weather event are well underway.
Organizers met the middle of January to begin coordinating the Relay for Life of Western Trails which is scheduled for July 15-16.
The relay is the American Cancer Society’s largest fund-raising effort, with participants gathering at events across the country each year.
Volunteers are needed to help with the annual event set to take place at North Park throughout the night as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.
Last year’s relay netted $50,000.
In 2009, the Perkins County “Thunder on the Hi-Line” took the championship trophy for being the top fundraising relay team. They raised $18,000 of the total Relay for Life effort which overall raised nearly $74,000. In 2008, the “Thunder on the Hi-Line” team was designated the best campsite and received a trophy.
Participants gather from surrounding counties of Perkins, Deuel and Arthur counties to take part in the relay which is held at the park in Ogallala within Keith County.
Keith County has been participating in the Relay for Life since 1985.
Funds raised go toward patient services, research and education and advocacy efforts of the American Cancer Society.
Watch for more details on the overnight event as summer approaches.
Those interested in volunteering or forming a team, or seeking information may contact Roxanne Hevelone at 308-289-1800 or Carrie Keith at 308-289-2869.
The American Cancer Society hotline number staffed 24/7 is 800-227-2345.