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Relay For Life of Rutland County goes through the night to fight against cancer

Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m. — RUTLAND — Relay For Life is a fun filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Teams of Rutland County residents will gather at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on June 18 at 1 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Games, music, and live entertainment encourage people all through the night. Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Also a part of Rutland County Relay For Life event is the “Fight Back Ceremony in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthy, exercise regularly etc.) in fighting back. Relay For Life’s Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by calling 802-353-7100 or 802-770-3912 or by visiting
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of this 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Wash. raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. For info on how to get involved visit or call 1-800-227-2345.

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