Organizers with the are already hard at work on the July event, and they're hoping the community will join the fight.
A kickoff celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at , 16028 W. 127th St. Anyone interested in getting involved or learning about Relay for Life—the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser—is encouraged to attend.
In addition to learning more about the American Cancer Society, guests will be treated to refreshments and have an opportunity to win prizes. Team Captains and participants in the kick-off celebration will be eligible to win an Amazon Kindle.
During the annual event, participants walk for up to 24 hours to raise awareness and funding for cancer research. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, secure community support, coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, assist with publicity and plan entertainment activities.
This year, the event is scheduled for Friday, July 13, at the Lemont High School Sports Complex, 131st Street and Bell Road.
According to volunteers, Lemont has participated in the fundraiser for the past eight years.
In 2011, nearly 300 participants for cancer treatment and research. Since 2005, the Relay for Life of Lemont-Homer Glen has raised more than $460,000, according to event organizers.
For more information on the kick-off celebration, contact Lona Slaughter at the American Cancer Society at 708-633-7770 or visit relayforlife.org/lemontil.
Five Ways to Get Involved in Relay for Life
1. Form a Team
Anyone interested in forming a team should visit www.relayforlifelemont.com.
2. Purchase a Luminaria Bag
Luminaria is a special ceremony during Relay for Life that honors those who are battling cancer or have lost their lives to the disease. For just $10, individuals can purchase a luminaria bag in honor of their loved one. The luminaria are lit during the ceremony and placed around the track.
3. Participate in the Survivors' Celebration and Victory Lap
If you or someone you know have been affected by cancer, you are invited to participate in a special celebration. The first lap of Relay for Life is reserved for cancer survivors, while the second is reserved for survivors and caregivers.
4. Become a Volunteer
Relay for Life is always seeking new volunteers to help with planning and logistics.
5. Become a Sponsor
Relay for Life of Lemont and Homer Glen is currently seeking corporate sponsors to support the event.