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EDITOR?S NOTE: This release comes via the Marion County Relay for Life Committee…

Imagine a world with more birthdays. That is the national theme of this year?s Relay for Life Event. On Thursday Feb. 18, Marion and Hillsboro schools will host the first ?Purple Night Out? for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County.

By hosting ?Purple Night Out? school officials and Relay for Life volunteers are inviting everyone to join them by wearing purple to show solidarity for the fight against cancer. Purple is the designated color of cancer survivors.

In 2009, more than 250 residents participated on Relay teams. Fifty survivors and caregivers walked the opening lap of Relay for Life. One RFL goal this year is to increase the number of survivors who walk the opening lap.

?Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser,? said event organizer Janet Herzet. ?Businesses and individuals willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as sponsors or participants, are making a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that they care.?

Relay For Life is the signature, overnight event of the American Cancer Society. As the largest fundraising walk in the nation, Relay mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County will take place June 18 and 19 at Tabor College track in Hillsboro.

To learn more about Relay For Life and connect with participants in your community and around the world visit www.RelayForLife.org. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society?s 24-hour help line at 1-800-ACS- 2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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