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Relay for Life gears up for 2013 event

Some people attend American Cancer Society Relay for Life events because they want a way to fight back; some have a personal tie to the disease of cancer.

For Lower Valley Relay for Life Chairman Curtis Campbell, it's his way of contributing to the cause.

"I guess we hope we have some sort of effect on a situation that sometimes seems hopeless," he said.

With a personal connection to the disease, Campbell says he just wants to do his part. This year the group, which hosts the Relay for Life event in Grandview in May, is hoping enough teams will rally together to raise $75,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Campbell says over the past year the American Cancer Society has helped Yakima County residents in a number of ways, including providing gas cards for those needing funds to get to facilities to receive their treatment, offering self-esteem classes, providing wigs, hats and prosthesis bras for those in need.

A kick-off party for those wanting to participate in the 2013 fundraising process is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Snipes Mt. Brewery in Sunnyside. The party is the official kick-off for those wanting to form relay teams and begin fundraising for the cause.

Campbell says the actual relay event is slated for May 18-19 in Grandview.

The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. and teams can register for the event at a reduced rate during the party.

Campbell says it normally costs a team $150 to register, but at this special kick-off party, teams can register for just $50.

For more information about the Lower Valley Relay for Life, contact Campbell at lowervalleyrelayforlife@gmail.com or call (509) 840-5750.

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