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Rifle to kick off eighth Relay

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

The eighth annual Rifle Area Relay For Life is almost half a year away, but the planning is already under way.The kick-off celebration for Rifle’s Relay will be at the Learning Opportunity Center on the corner of Ninth Street and East Avenue in Rifle at 7 p.m. today.Last year, the event raised more than $64,000 with 18 teams. This year Theresa Hamilton, who is organizing the event, said she hopes to raise at least $65,000 and have 25 teams.Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser. Communities all over the country come together to walk, usually around a track, for 24 hours. Team members raise at least $100 each for the cause, often through pledges.Hamilton has already heard from quite a few people who are interested in participating.”We’ve never broken 20 teams,” Hamilton said. “We really want to get a little more involvement.”Hamilton said she’s heard from people in New Castle, Silt and Parachute who might form teams.”We really want to make this an entire-valley event,” Hamilton said. “We all know someone. We’re all tied together. This valley is very interconnected.”The theme for this year’s Relay will be board games – “We’re playing for a cure.” The organizing committee has chosen the game Clue as a theme for its campsite at the event.Hamilton anticipates there will be more than 75 survivors and caregivers walking the ceremonial first lap at the July 14-15 event, showing that cancer can be defeated. The committee hopes to find more survivors who are interested in participating. The kick-off celebration will not only be an opportunity for people to sign up to help organize the Relay, but also a chance to ask questions.”It’s a chance for people to get more information,” Hamilton said. “They can find out what Relay is and how to get involved.”


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