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Oneida's 'Relay' kicks off March 3

Community members from the Oneida area will unite at a kickoff to officially launch the 5th anniversary of Relay For Life. Dozens of families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools and local organizations will ring in the new season with a kickoff that will explain on how their involvement benefits research, education, advocacy and programs and services in the community.

The kick off will be held March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kallet Civic Center

Kickoff activities include guest speakers, information on setting u new teams, reasons for relaying, history on the Relay for Life, meet the planning committee, pick up team captain kit, plans for the event and light refreshments.

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, picnic, dance, and take turns walking or running around a track "relay" style to raise funds to fight cancer. The event opens with the Survivor Lap as the community, family and friends honor survivors of all forms of cancer. At nightfall, hundreds of luminaries lit around the walk area. Each bag is lit in honor of a loved one who won the fight against cancer, or a special someone who lost their battle.

The event represents hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.

The theme this year will be "Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back." The Relay season will include honoring and celebrating all cancer survivors. Relay will remember those for whom the cure didn't come fast enough.

Participants will be asked to find a way to fight back against this disease.

To join, call (800) ACS-2345, or visit events.cancer.org/RFLoneidaNY.

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