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You can help defeat cancer

The American Cancer Society has been an active member of Friday Harbor for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer as well as life-saving cancer information to the community. We continue our mission of eliminating cancer thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a community event in every sense of the word. It is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate those who have faced cancer, remember those lost, and empower everyone to fight back.

Being a part of Relay For Life means being a part of a national grassroots movement to end cancer. Being a Relay For Life participant means making life better for cancer survivors, patients and their families.

We want you to be a part of Relay For Life this year! There are so many ways you can help. You can create your own team, join an existing team, volunteer at the Relay event, or donate to an existing team member.

With the challenges of our day-to-day demands, time has become a precious commodity and many people are finding it more difficult to participate in community service. It is because of the community members who preceded us, however, that certain types of cancer are now highly treatable or even curable. With more help, we will continue to win the war.

The American Cancer Society needs your help now. Plans are under way for the annual fund-raiser Relay for Life, on the Friday Harbor High School track July 25-26, to support cutting-edge cancer research, help provide free transportation to hospitals, help prevent youth smoking, publish life-saving literature, and develop a new generation of weapons to fight cancer.

Now is the time for individuals, families, organizations, schools, religious groups, corporations and small businesses to build or join a team and help fight to reduce the burden of cancer across America!

To sign up to participate or join a team, visit www.relayforlifeoffridayharbor.org.

Carrie Unpingco
Relay for Life 2009
Friday Harbor

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