By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The kickoff for this year's American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Adams County is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room of the Quincy Mall.
"Friends, neighbors, cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Relay for Life are encouraged to attend," said Shayne Squires, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society office in Springfield, which oversees the local chapter's involvement.
This year's local Relay for Life will be June 14-15 at Flinn Stadium. The overnight event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, and continues until early the next morning.
The main objective for the annual Relay for Life, which dates to 1994 in Adams County, is to raise money for cancer research and provide support for cancer patients. The event also celebrates the lives of survivors and remembers people who lost their lives to cancer.
"It helps unite a community in the fight against cancer," Squires said.
In Adams County, teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families take part walking the track at Flinn Stadium in honor of lost loved ones sand people who have survived the disease.
"The kickoff event will also offer information about the American Cancer Society's mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back," Squires said.
Squires said volunteers are still needed to organize and recruit teams, secure community support, coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, and plan other activities.
The 2012 Relay for Life raised $122,732, the second-highest total locally.
Since the first Relay for Life 19 years ago, local participants have raised more than $1.6 million to fight cancer. In 2011, the event raised a record $160,000, surpassing the previous high of $115,000 raised in 2010.
For more information, call Lindsey Nation of the American Cancer Society at (217) 523-4503 and press option 3, or visit the www.relayforlife.org/adamsil website.