The race is on for teams to participate in the first American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Juneau.
"Team recruitment kicks off Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Nugget Mall," said Relay for Life co-chairwoman Staci Augustus.
The annual event is slated for July 27 at Parks and Recreation Dimond Park, near Riverbend Elementary School in the Valley. According to Jessica Menendez, team co-chairwoman, the event will run from 6 p.m. on July 27 to 6 a.m. on July 28.
The relay is a family-oriented event in which participants will walk or run in shifts around the track for 12 hours. Participants traditionally camp out around the track and when they are not taking their turn, enjoy a variety of food and entertainment activities. A highlight of the event is the midnight candle lighting ceremony in memory of those who have lost the battle with cancer or in support of those surviving. Luminaria candles can be personalized by donation to the American Cancer Society.
Cancer survivors, individuals, families and teams from companies and other organizations are invited to take part in this event. Team participants collect donations and can win prizes for their efforts.
"To make this event happen, a host of volunteers are needed to form teams to participate in the event," said Menendez. "Teams are traditionally made up of 8 to 20 individuals, and usually represent companies, small businesses and community organizations."
Many companies drawing up teams also participate as corporate sponsors of the event. Sponsors already supporting the event are Wells Fargo Bank Alaska, Tesoro Alaska, Shattuck and Grummett, the Southeast Cancer and Wellness Foundation and the Juneau Breast Cancer Support Group.
The main goal of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life is to increase awareness of the fight against cancer and to raise money to find a cure. The money received from the nationwide American Cancer Society relay helps fund cancer research.
For more information on registering a relay team or volunteering to be a corporate sponsor, contact Tuula Marquardt at 789-3826 or Pat Yearty at 586-4900.