Relay kickoff set for Oct. 31

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By The Staff

Halloween is generally considered the scariest day of the year - well, if you don’t count tax day. The Washington County Relay for Life is using the spooky holiday as the setting to start their 2010 campaign. The group’s annual kick-off rally will be held Oct. 31, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office at 211 Progress Ave. in Springfield. Although trick or treat in Springfield will be the night before, everyone is encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume for the kick-off.

“Personally, I can’t think of anything scarier than cancer,” said WC Relay publicity chair Jimmie Earls, “I’ve lost several family members and close friends to the disease, including my mother, who passed away one year ago this month. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I can’t think of a better way to end the month than by using the scariest day of the year as the way to start our 2010 campaign to scare cancer away.”

The theme for the 2010 Washington County Relay for Life will be revealed during the meeting and teams may register at the early bird price of $50. After the kick-off, team registration will cost $100. Anyone interested in forming a team is welcome to attend. A chili lunch will also be served.

“Bring your appetites,” Earls said. “We’re having chili, sandwiches, snacks and tea, plus we’re going to have a few surprises as well.”

The 2010 Washington County Relay for Life will be held June 11-12 at St. Catharine College. Relay is the signature event of the American Cancer Society.

For more information contact Cathy Carrico at (859) 481-1863 or Jimmie Earls at (859) 481-3999.

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