'Relay For Life' team captains meet tonight at LMH

Christine Metz, left, and I pose for a photo about 3 a.m. Saturday at Relay For Life of Douglas County after attending the team captain's meeting. Our team's newspaper hats won an award for being the greenest.

Christine Metz, left, and I pose for a photo about 3 a.m. Saturday at Relay For Life of Douglas County after attending the team captain's meeting. Our team's newspaper hats won an award for being the greenest.

Relay For Life of Douglas County is more than a couple months away, but dozens of team captains — including me and Christine Metz — already are planning for the overnight event that raises awareness about cancer.

Our first team captain meeting is at 5:30 tonight in Lawrence Memorial Hospital's auditorium. Committee members will discuss deadlines and pertinent changes.

The actual event is from 7 p.m. June 10 to 7 a.m. June 11 at Free State High School's track.

If you aren't familiar with the event:

Relay involves teams of eight to 15 participants who raise money for the American Cancer Society. At the event, team members typically take turns walking around the track for 12 hours and camp out while activities go on throughout the night. The track is lined with luminaries that honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, or to support those fighting the disease.

Last year, 83 teams participated and raised $174,000. Here's a story about my experience, along with lots of photos.

If you are interested in participating, come to tonight's meeting or contact Barb Gorman, event co-chair, at 841-7723 or gormbarb@yahoo.com.

Tagged: American Cancer Society, Relay For Life of Douglas County, cancer

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