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1/12/2007 12:41:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Relay kickoff Tuesday
New coordinator looking for ways for boost participation, donations.

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Organizers of the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Crawford County want to put an end to cancer and they want local residents to again be leaders in the battle.

New Relay Chairwoman Robbie Van Winkle said plans for the 2007 event get underway in earnest with a kickoff meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Robinson First Baptist Church, 301 S. Jefferson. It is open "to anyone who has been touched by cancer, or who has had a friend, family member or neighbor touched by cancer," Van Winkle said.

"If cancer hasn't touched your family yet, God bless you," she added. "But it's probably going to."

Eventually, cancer does touch everyone. Van Winkle's church has had three members treated for cancer in the past year and the ACS lists Crawford County as second in the state for cases of cervical cancer.

Crawford County's annual Relay was originally one of the most successful in the state, but participation and donations have been down in recent years. Van Winkle is eager to hear ideas on how to change this and hopes to include more people from Palestine, Oblong and Hutsonville, as well as from local employers which haven't fielded teams in a while.

"We're open to all ideas," she said. "We need their help."

Van Winkle is proud of the people already working on Relay. "We have a wonderful group of people involved," she said. "They're the heart of the whole thing."

However, more help is needed, from committee members to team members.

"I want to issue a challenge to everyone to get involved," Van Winkle said. She especially hopes to get more teens involved because they are such an inspiration to their families and friends.

And it isn't all work, she pointed out. "They will have a good time," Van Winkle said.

This year, Relay is 7 p.m. Friday, June 8 to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Robinson High School track.

Van Winkle said the group is trying to come up with new activities for all ages, especially for children and teenagers who participate.

Lisa Pinkston, Oblong, is again in charge of team recruitment. Anyone wanting to sign up a team or join one should call her at 592-4135.

Luminaria will again illuminate the annual memorial ceremony for those who lost their fight with cancer. This year, Linda Hargis of First Financial Bank is luminaria chairwoman.

The kickoff meeting will be preceded by a steering committee meeting at 5:15 p.m. Van Winkle added all Relay planning meetings will be on the third Tuesday of the month at the church this year.

More information is also available by calling Van Winkle at 544-5969, or Jennifer at the cancer society, 1-800-252-1110.

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