PENINSULA - The American Cancer Society Relay For Life - (Long Beach Peninsula) is just around the corner. Register your team online today by going to ( This "celebration of life" brings the community together in a combined effort to fight cancer.

The first team meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at Chautauqua Lodge.

Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations and the general public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at Ilwaco High School, with closing ceremonies at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. The goal for 2008 is to have 30 teams and raise $75,000 for to fight cancer.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's version of an athletic relay, but with a new twist. Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the Ilwaco High School track, and when they are not taking their turn walking or running, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment.

"Relay For Life is bringing the progress against cancer to the forefront," said Michelle Fithen, publicity co-chair for the event. "The participants are our family and friends who have been cured of cancer themselves. Having them involved is proof that progress has been made in curing cancer and also in the quality of life following cancer treatment."

For information, call Mavis Shucka at 642-1054 or Christa Orozco at 665-2701. For more information on cancer, call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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