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Relay for Life coming to Lake Placid in September

July 28, 2016
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I am so pleased to share with the community that the 2016 Tri-Lakes Relay for Life is Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid! The Relay is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the theme is "Carnival for a Cure Step on Up and Join our Fight." There will be activities for all ages, and it is sure to be a memorable day for all who attend!

The story behind the Relay for Life began in May 1985; Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation's biggest health concern cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event.

His heroic effort has transformed into the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. The Relay for Life movement unites participants to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

We can make a difference right here in our community through our local American Cancer Society Relay event. Wouldn't it be great if people from every part of our community get involved?! Please, join us! Now is the time for individuals, families, clubs, faith-based organizations and businesses to make an impact in the fight to end cancer!

Last year, the Tri Lakes Relay for Life raised $53,000. This year, our fundraising goal is $55,000. To date, we have raised $12,316. Together, I know we can reach our goal!

The Tri Lakes Relay for Life has been recognized two years in a row with a national award for being in the top 10 of the nation for dollars raised per capita! What an accomplishment! For this reason alone, we should all come out and show our support for what our wonderful community has accomplished already!

The donations you provide help the American Cancer Society save more lives by funding groundbreaking cancer research, providing free information and critical services for people with cancer, and helping people take steps to reduce their risk for cancer or detect it early when it's the easiest to treat. The society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991. Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it are alive today. If you have been touched by cancer, I encourage you to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for services and support!

Visit our local website, or call Joan Sterling at 518-441-1818 or Laurie Dudley at 518-524-5917 for more information.

Cancer does not discriminate and has entered into all of our homes like an unwanted guest! Let's show it whose boss! Please join us for a day like no other at the Tri Lakes Relay for Life event!


Laurie Curtis Dudley

Event lead

Lake Placid



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