February 19th, 2010

Thumbs Up Spike

Noble County Relay For Life Looking For Teams

The Noble County Relay For Life is looking for some old friends this year.

As of the February 11 meeting, 26 teams have been signed up for the American Cancer Society event, which will be held May 22-23 at the West Noble High School football field. That’s well over halfway to the goal of 40 teams of cancer fighters, but Relay organizers still haven’t heard from some of the teams from last year. There’s still plenty of time to reform a team, organize a new one, or join a team that’s already been put together.

The goal is to raise $75,000 toward American Cancer Society programs, including research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and patient services. Teams camp out, and keep at least one representative on the track at all times during the overnight event. An estimated 3.5 million people participate across the country, often to honor loved ones lost to cancer and to fight back against the disease. The 2009 Relay brought in $43,000.

The Relay obviously stresses important matters such as early mammograms, survivor celebrations and luminary ceremonies. However, events include various forms of entertainment, and develop a block party type atmosphere. Some of the hourly theme laps this year include graffiti, pirate and “bed head” laps, a poker run, and a contest to make outfits out of duct tape, among others.

Anyone interested can contact team recruitment chairperson Stacey Lang at (260) 894-1418, or by e-mail at esclang@hotmail.com. Registration can also be done online, at www.relayforlife.org/noblecountyin.

In addition, anyone with questions can contact NCRL committee chairman Ed Anderson at speed95@ligtel.com or eanderson@nobleco.org.

The next Team Captain meeting is planned for the Noble County Public Library in Albion, on February 25 at 7 p.m. Social time starts at 6:30 In the library’s Walker Board Room in the basement.

Other meetings scheduled include:
March 11: In the library’s Walker Board Room.
March 25: Team Captain Meeting
April 8: in the Walker Board Room.
April 22: in the Schultz Room upstairs.
April 29: Team Captain meeting.
May 6: in the Schultz Room.
May 12: Bank night.
May 20: If needed to wrap up final details.
Friday, May 21: Relay setup at West Noble High School, beginning at 4 p.m.

The relay begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and goes on until 10 a.m. Sunday, with a 2010 theme of Beach/Luau.