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Campaign to kick cancer begins this week

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Washington County will launch its annual fundraising and awareness campaign 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at the UK Cooperative Extension Office, 211 Progress Ave. 

Volunteers and relay participants will gather for a soup cook-off. Teams will collect votes for their soup in the form of donations. 

“We want everyone to come,” said Vickie Grassman, senior community representative for the American Cancer Society. 

Thursday’s soup cook-off is the inaugural event for this year’s fundraising campaign. The campaign culminates on June 7, with an overnight event at St. Catharine College to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 

“Last year, Washington County raised over $33,000 for the fight against cancer,” Grassman said. “This year our goal is $36,000, but we’d like to raise even more.“

Since Relay For Life began in 1985, volunteers have raised over $4.5 billion dollars worldwide. The money has led to historic research breakthroughs, better treatments, and ultimately more lives saved, Grassman said. 

“Relay For Life is important because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate our cancer survivors, remember those we have lost and fight back against this disease that has taken too much from us,” she said. “We are working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.” 

The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. 

To join the Relay For Life efforts, call 1-800-227-2345 or 502-560-6020, or visit www.relayforlife.org/washingtonky.