Plans for the 2010 Baldwinsville Relay for Life kick-off this Thursday.
"So many people are touched by cancer in someway," said Lauren Witter, the volunteer chairperson for the Baldwinsville Relay for Life. "Relay offers a fun, unique and family-oriented way to fight to find a cure."
The kickoff event, held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday March 4 at Baker High School, answers the question "Is Relay right for me?" Participants can learn how to start their own team, join a committee and other available avenues to get involved.
"Kickoff provides insight as to what the event entails and allows people to get their questions answered from people who have participated in years past," Witter said.
Held in June, Relay for Life provides a venue to promote the local community, meet knew people and, most importantly, support those who have beaten cancer and remember those people the community has lost. Thursday's kick-off event will feature various volunteer committees and team captains for interested participants to speak with.
"For people who want to volunteer, but don't know what is right for them, this meeting will provide the knowledge to make an informed decision," Witter said. "We will explain how to start a team and become more involved. We will also share stories of past events and future exciting changes."
Relay is also an excellent bonding experience for families.
"This is a great event for moms, dads, children and extended families to work together," Witter said. "By forming a team, then can have a lot of fun and raise money for this great cause all while spending time with the people they love."
In addition to individual involvement, organizations and businesses are also invited to attend the event. Businesses will learn about the excellent opportunity of becoming a sponsor while organizations will learn about new and exciting ways to become active around Baldwinsville.
"Baldwinsville's Relay for Life is the people of our great town coming together for a common cause, to fight to find a cure for cancer. It is a way to meet wonderful new people and show your support for everyone touched by disease," Witter said. "This is our community and we need to support it every way we can."