Relay For Life seeks volunteers

DOWNINGTOWN — The American Cancer Society is seeking teams for the 2017 Relay For Life of Central Chester County. Whether you are a first-time Team Captain or a seasoned veteran, you are part of a very special group of dedicated volunteers that is helping the American Cancer Society finish the fight by providing leadership and motivation to a team of your friends, family, and coworkers in a Relay For Life event!

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature overnight fundraising activity. Teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches… people from all walks of life. Teams fundraise prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

The theme this year is “Sea A Cure”! Let’s pack the track with a sea of hope! Teams are encouraged to sign up to join the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Central Chester County to take place for 24-hours starting on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 21 at Downingtown West High School track in Downingtown PA. The Survivor Celebration of Life will be held on May 20 at 6 p.m. and the Luminaria Ceremony is also on May 20 starting at 9 p.m.

“The event is very powerful and moving! We have an extremely dedicated committee that works very hard all year to put on this incredible event,” says Event Leadership Chair Dawn Kirsch. “I truly love this event! It celebrates all cancer survivors, acknowledges caregivers and in a very touching and beautiful way, remembers those whom we have lost. Individuals, who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting family friendly, community event, have made a commitment to fight back against cancer. What a great way for any one, adult, child or teen to help make a difference! Start a team, join a team, or come out to volunteer the day of the event! We have lots of fun either way! While teams take turns walking or running around the track, we have a DJ, bands, food concessions, activities, games and much more! Join us, and be a part of a movement to help eradicate cancer. Over the past 22 years, the Relay For Life of Central Chester County has raised over $5,000,000. Much of the money raised, stays right here in our very own area.”

We invite all cancer survivors, friends, family and neighbors to attend. Survivors are the heart of Relay! Come and celebrate your survivorship with us! You will be inspired and empowered! We hope you will join us! “We are a community that takes up the fight!”

For more info on Relay For Life or to register a team, please contact Amanda Childs at or visit

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