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Relay for Life of Duneland: Fight cancer and support survivors by starting a team

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Cancer continues to remain the #1 health concern for Americans. The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events like the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life not only educate people on what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead to better treatment and more lives saved.

“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon,” stated Corinne Peffers, Promotions Chair for Relay for Life of Duneland. “Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts - we’re all a part of the fight and we need the community’s help.”

This year’s Relay For Life of Duneland will be held at July 13-14, beginning at noon at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave., Chesterton. While the event is still several months away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams to join the event. Teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams. Prior to the Relay event, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships. During Relay For Life, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking a track in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

This year marks the eighth year for Relay For Life of Duneland. At the event, the Luminaria and Survivor Ceremonies offer time to remember those we have lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the Fight Back Ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take action against cancer throughout the year.

If you are interested in starting or joining a team, log on to If you’re not able to join a team, simply log on to make a donation.

For more information, call Jane Delligatti, Event Chair at 929-5875 or Glenda Dersham, Vice Chair at 801-4507. Together we can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Relay for Life of Duneland honored

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Duneland was honored in three categories for its successful 2012 season for meeting or exceeding goals.

The first award, Achieving Fundraising Goal, was awarded for exceeding the goal of fundraising $52,000. Duneland grossed $78,255, which is higher than any other Relay event in Porter County in 2012.

Duneland Relay was also awarded for meeting the Survivorship Goal for getting area cancer survivors to attend the event. Kim White, Sponsorship Chair, has done an excellent job inviting survivors to be celebrated and comforted at the event.

The last award was for the ACS CAN Club, which is the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. This is the arm of ACS that actively works with local, state and national government on cancer health related issues, such as smoking cessation and insurance issues. Duneland was recognized for its efforts, due in part to Pat Carlisle, Advocacy Chair, who promotes membership and has been very active in her role.

Only one Relay is recognized in each category for the Great Lakes Region.


Posted 5/10/2013