As the American Cancer Society enters its 100th year in 2013, one of its key fundraising and awareness events, Relay for Life, is celebrating its own milestone in Oro Valley.
Oro Valley will be entering its 11th year bringing hope to anyone touched by cancer in the Town and Northwest Tucson area.
Oro Valley Relay for Life has raised more than $420,000 since its first relay event in 2002 through team fundraising and generous local sponsors.
Relay For Life funds go directly to cancer research worldwide, but also to numerous local programs, including the Look Good. . .Feel Better Program, providing beauty and skin care classes to women with cancer.
The Gift Closet provides wigs and prosthesis and other supplies for patients.
Road to Recovery provides rides to treatment for patients.
Children’s Camps, Survivor Scholarships, and the 800 number, which offers support and programs for patients, survivors and their caregivers, are also a few of the local programs that benefit from Oro Valley’s annual event.
This year, there will be many changes to the local event, including a move from its previous spring date to an October 2013 event.
The Oro Valley Relay For Life Planning Committee has already begun meeting and invites the community to come be a part of the fight against cancer. There are many ways to be involved, from reaching out to community survivors to include them in this event, helping with sponsorship and fundraising, and creating a team from a family or business and much more.
Now is a great time to get on board and see what opportunities are available.
The committee invites anyone interested to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jesse Petersen at 329-8962 for more information about ways to get involved in the Oro Valley Relay for Life event.
Any cancer patient or caregiver, can contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 for access to all the programs and support the organization has to offer.