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Relay for Life more than a fundraiser

To the editor:

The American Cancer Society's premier fundraising event, Relay For Life, will be held this weekend at the Baker High School track. But Relay For Life is so much more than a fundraiser — and so much more than an American Cancer Society event.

This is our event — our relay. It is one day — one night — one community — one fight! It is a time for old friends to come together — and new friendships to form — as we celebrate those people in our lives, in our community, who have fought and survived cancer; as we remember those we have loved who have lost the battle against this horrible disease — and as we vow together, as a community, to FIGHT BACK — to do all that we can to alleviate the suffering, ease the sorrow, and ultimately FIND A CURE!

For the past 10 months, a group of 20 or so committee members have been working together to plan this year's Relay For Life of Baker City. I have been so honored and privileged to work among these individuals. More importantly, however, community-wide, there are more than 500 individuals, ages 8 to 80, signed up to participate on 43 different relay teams. There are 45 community-based businesses offering their support as corporate sponsors; there are at least 47 more businesses, civic and school organizations and service clubs offering support as team sponsors, special underwriters and in-kind donors.

Please join us for this year's Relay for Life. You don't have to be on a team to participate. Come down to the high school track for opening ceremonies and the Survivors' Lap at 6 p.m., stay and enjoy the festivities and entertainment, visit with your neighbors, enjoy a burger cooked by the Rotary Club, then stay a little longer to participate in the solemn and touching luminary ceremony at 9 p.m. when we will light a ring around the track with nearly 2,000 luminaria, each decorated to honor those among us who are survivors, and to remember our precious loved ones who have died — all because it is about being a community that takes up the fight!

See you there.

Kelly Hardy

Relay For Life Co-Chair

Baker City

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