February 18, 2014 9:49:08 AM
Relay for Life is just a few months away and it's not too late to sign up, event organizers said.
So far, 30 teams have signed up for the April 25 event but organizers are hoping for 50 teams.
"We had 50 teams last year so I always want to increase my goal each year," said Relay for Life Chairman Mott Ellis. "We're always shooting for bigger and better.
"Cancer affects everyone in some way, form or fashion, whether it be yourself, a loved one, family or friend, co-worker and the list goes on and on. Cancer affects one in every three people today. Every year when we begin talking about the Relay for Life, more and more people tell me their stories of how they have lost a loved one, have been diagnosed themselves or through someone they know. The story is always the same heart-wrenching one we hear every day. So the only way to stop the terrible disease is to celebrate with those who have won the battle, remember those we have lost because of cancer and fight back each and every day to find a cure, through local Relays and monetary donations.
"We will win the battle against cancer, but we need the support of our community."
Ellis said she hopes this year's event will raise $160,000 for the American Cancer Society.
"The Lowndes County Relay for Life Goal this year is $160,000," she said. "To meet that goal with 55 teams we will need each team to raise approximately $3,000, which is why it is important to have a lot of committed teams on board."
Fundraisers can vary from large to small and Ellis said she encourages the teams to try to be unique.
"I always like to tell people to think outside of the box," she said. " In other words, make it your own ideas. Of course the best fundraisers are always the ones that people have shown success with over the years such as bake sales, spaghetti suppers, selling luminaries in memory or in honor of (someone). You can create your own T-shirts, Valentine/Easter Baskets, write letters to family and friends. We offer many ideas at our Team Captain meetings every month. The main thing is to have fun with your fundraising ideas."
A team captain meeting will be held tonight at 5:30 in room 4 and 5 of the Educational Building at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.
While Ellis said she will sign teams up until April, signing up now is a great way to jump start fundraising efforts.
"The importance of getting on board early is, of course, being able to raise money prior to relay," she said. "Right now we are down with the number of teams registered to date, so we really need our community to step up and commit to having a team this year."
To sign up for a team, contact Ellis at 662-574-1104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Fowler covers crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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