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Herb's Relay Team's Island Jam will raise money for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

Herb's Relay for Life Team presents Island Jam, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, on June 26, 4 p.m.

The event will take place at the Tanglewood Amphitheater, aka Glen Hargrove's place — 11 Tanglewood Lane, off Wold Road (look for balloons and signs).

There will be food, fun, and live music by four local bands.

"It will a great family event and the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society," Elisa Howard said.

Tickets are $5 advance, $8 at the door. Call 317-6453.

Relay for Life is July 24-25, 5:30 p.m. to 11 a.m., on the Friday Harbor High School football field. Last year’s event raised $72,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life is held in thousands of communities across the United States, including Friday Harbor. Thanks in part to funds raised by Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society has about $500 million in research grants in effect today. Each year, the Friday Harbor Relay for Life contributes at least $60,000 toward that cause.

The result of those research dollars? The American Cancer Society has about $4 billion in research for a cure. In 1946, 25 percent of cancer patients lived at least five years after diagnosis; today, that rate is 60 percent.

To register for Relay for Life or to make a donation, contact chairwoman Christine Gabler Minney, 378-8928, christineminney@hotmail.com. For information about the American Cancer Society, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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