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Relay for Life rally set for Jan. 19

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Participants in last year's Relay for Life walk around the track in Rich Leenhouts Stadium at Grandview High School to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Nothing succeeds like success and that is the case for the American Cancer Society Lower Valley Relay for Life.

During the past nine years the relay has grown both in team participation, corporate sponsorship and money raised for the American Cancer Society.

This year celebrates the 10th anniversary for the Lower Valley Relay for Life, which will be held May 20-21, 2006 in Rich Leenhouts Stadium at Grandview High School.

To continue the momentum from last year's event where 60 teams raised $95,000, the planning committee has scheduled a relay kick-off rally for Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grandview Middle School cafeteria.

"This year, the planning committee has already set a goal of 75 teams and a total of $120,000," said Melanie Corso, chair of the Lower Valley Relay for Life. "With those increased figures, we knew we had to get started early."

The Relay for Life kick-off rally is open to everyone in the Lower Valley who has participated in the event, corporate sponsors, cancer survivors and anyone who has wanted to get involved but didn't know who to ask. Team packets will also be available for pick-up.

To give the rally a more festive atmosphere, refreshments will be served along with door prizes and other family-friendly fun activities.

For more information on the American Cancer Society's Lower Valley Relay for Life kick-off rally, contact Melanie Corso at 786-2855 or Dan Thurman at 840-3662.

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