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Team members walk around the luminary path during the 2012 Noblesville Relay for Life event at Forest Park. (File photo)

Team members walk around the luminary path during the 2012 Noblesville Relay for Life event at Forest Park. (File photo)

Organizers are planning the seventh Relay For Life of Noblesville, which will be held May 10 at Forest Park. While the event is still several months away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams to join the event. LuAnn Harger, Noblesville Relay for Life co-chair, said teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members but many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams.

Prior to the Relay event, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships. During Relay For Life, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking a track in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. At the event, Harger said the Luminaria and Survivor Ceremonies offer time to remember those lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the Fight Back Ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take action against cancer throughout the year.

“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon,” Harger stated. “Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts. We’re all a part of the fight and we need the community’s help.”

Those interested in starting or joining a team can visit HYPERLINK “http://www.relayforlife.org/noblevillein”www.relayforlife.org/noblevillein. Donations also are accepted. For more information, call 344-7800.

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