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Now is the time for any businesses, faith groups, school groups or community groups to form a team and jump on board to participate in Bingham County's 8th annual "Relay for Life" fundraiser.
Bingham County's "Relay for Life" Team Development Co-chair, Bobbie Steffensen describes the event as "an organized overnight community event (in conjunction with American Cancer Society) where team participants walk a track to celebrate and remember those who have been affected by cancer and fight back by fundraising for cancer research and patient resources."
All interested teams and individuals are invited to a "Team Captain University" meeting at 7 p.m. on April 3 at the Meridian Center (310 N. Meridian) in Blackfoot.
"As an incentive to get involved, the Bingham County "Relay for Life" committee will be giving away an iPod Nano," Steffensen said. "Anyone who registers a team or who recruits a new team to join will qualify for the drawing."
Team registration can be completed online by searching "Blackfoot" at www.relayforlife.org or in person at "Relay" meetings held monthly at the Meridian Center.
Existing team members who recruit a new team should contact Steffensen at firstname.lastname@example.org with the new team information.
Additionally, Bingham County "Relay for Life" can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Anyone who 'likes' the page or follows them on Twitter will also be in the running for the Ipod Nano. The deadline to be in the drawing is April 30. The winner will be announced at the Relay's "Team Captain" meeting on May 1.
"Relay for Life" fundraising events were started in Tacoma, Wash. in 1985 by colorectal surgeon Dr. Gordy Klatt. Today, more than 2.5 million people (over half a million of them cancer survivors) participate in Relays each year at more than 5,200 sites in the country.
Last year's Bingham County "Relay for Life" event, with the help of over 58 teams and 2,500 volunteers, raised over $100,000 for cancer research and education.
This year's Bingham County "Relay for Life" overnight event will be held on June 14 at Blackfoot High School. Organizers have set a goal to raise $150,000 this year and stress that much of the money raised stays to help those within the Bingham County community.
Steffensen said that while the committee will be accepting teams up until the event, she encourages groups to form their teams as soon as possible.
"The earlier the teams are created, the more time they'll have to come up with fundraising ideas," Steffensen noted.
Anyone with questions should contact Steffensen at her email address.