PUTNAM COUNTY — Over the past year we have watched some dear friends and family members triumph over cancer, and others lose their battle with this horrible disease. These loved ones have inspired us as a community to continue our fight against cancer through participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants can walk or run on a track, relay style, for 18 hours. Participants camp near the track, and when they are not taking their turn, take part in other fun activities. Former and current cancer patients, their families, the public and people who want to remember loved ones, are all invited to take part in this exciting team relay event. Teams include individuals representing corporations, clubs, organizations and families.

The 2014 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Putnam County will be held June 6 and 7 at Ottawa-Glandorf Senior High School in Ottawa. Local businesses, industries, friends and neighbors are encouraged to help raise funds and public awareness in the fight against cancer.

Although everyone has fun at Relay, participants are all there working together to:

• Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.

• Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, those who walk alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.

• Fight back because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.

This event has become a highly anticipated and much loved and supported event over the years in Putnam County. All of the funds raised at Relay For Life benefit American Cancer Society research, education, prevention, advocacy and support services with the help of teams, individual donors and corporate sponsors. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Pam Niese, 2014 Relay For Life Sponsorship Chair at 419-234-6245 or the American Cancer Society Staff Partner, Jamie Orozco. Sponsorship solicitation begins early so that your donation is an inspiration for the teams and individuals as they begin their fundraising activities. Based on the level of sponsorship, Corporate Sponsors can receive recognition such as participation t-shirts (must be in by April 1), in the event program (must be in by April 25) on-site signage around the track as well as Internet recognition on the sponsorship page at www.relayforlife.org/putnamcounty.

For more information on ways you can help, please contact the Putnam County Relay For Life. Your help can always be used with event planning as well as:

• Donations of food or food services to help with the Survivor Dinner, or items for the Relay Auction.

• Team Formation — Teams can be formed from business employees, from churches or other organizations, family groups or interested friends.

• Survivor List — We would like the names and addresses of all local Cancer Survivors, so they may be individually invited and honored at the Relay.

• Start or join a team or participate as a survivor at: www.relayforlife.org/putnamcounty.

Cancer touches so many people in our community and Relay For Life is a great way to help fight this terrible disease. Please seriously consider this request and let your neighbors, customers and community know that you are joining them in the fight. If you are unable to be a corporate sponsor, there are still many ways to be supportive as a team, participant, volunteer, or donor. Please feel free to contact Pam Niese, 2014 Relay For Life Sponsorship Chair at 419-234-6245 or Jamie Orozco, American Cancer Society Staff Partner at 888-227-6446 ext. 5208.

story created on Monday 2/3/2014 at 3:23:09 pm by Jane Hilty