The American Cancer Society will kick off the 2009 Relay for Life, “Back to the Future: Celebrating 25 years of Hope” at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Community Church, 15116 gary St. E. in Sumner.
The event is open to anyone wishing to support cancer survivors or those who wish to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to cancer. The kick-off will feature music and costumes from the 80s, food, fun and door prizes. The summer event will take place Aug. 7 and 8 at Sunset Chev Stadium at Sumner High.
The Relay Kickoff is an opportunity for individuals, groups, schools, churches and businesses to help raise money for cancer awareness through research, education, advocacy and service.
Dr. Gordy Klatt started Relay for Life in 1985 when he walked and ran laps around a track for 24 hours to raise $27,000. The event has helped provide greater access to cancer information, passed legislation to protect public health, provide access to health care and has offered programs and services to cancer patients and their families.
For more information about Relay For Life of Sumner/Bonney Lake contact the American Cancer Society office at 253-272-5767, 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit its Web site, www.relayforlifeofsumnerbonneylake.org, to register a team for the event or to make a donation.