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Relay for Life in Warren Seeks Volunteers

Planning starts soon for June 2013 American Cancer Society Relay for LIfe.

Planning for June's annual Relay for Life fundraising event for the Amerian Cancer Society is just getting underway, and volunteers are needed to help coordinate the popuar event. 

The American Cancer Society sponsors the June event across the country, including an event at Watchung Hills Regional High School which raises as much as $60,000 each year to help support cancer research and programs for people diagnosed with cancer.

Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles organizing the event, including marketing, recruitment, sponsorship, logistics and activities.

"Anybody–youth, young professionals, adults, etc.—with a specialty and a passion for the cause are welcome," Brandie Engelberger, Special Events Manager for the American Cancer Society, said. 

Previous years' events have been primarily organized by students at Watchung Hills Regional, but the ACS is hoping to expand the organizing committee this year.

"Our goal is to really turn this into a community-wide event where all residents and employees of Warren and Watchung Hills (sending districts)—not just students—will participate in the fight against cancer," Engelberger said.

She noted the event's Planning Committee will meet in Warren once per month from December 2012 to June 2013. 

"Relay For Life is a life-changing event—It's an overnight, non-competitive, relay-style walk in which teams of people take turns circling a track to raise funds and awareness for our fight against cancer," she added. "It's an opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease that has taken so much."

Interested people should contact Engelberger at brandie.engelberger@cancer.org or 973-285-8029.  

For more information about Relay For Life, visit the website

Note: This article was edited to correct the meeting location for the Planning Committee.

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