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MERCER COUNTY (NEWS RELEASE) - Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Mercer County gets underway with teams of residents gathering at the Princeton High School Soccer Field on June 14, 2013.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life - all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

A Survivor Reception begins at 5:30 pm and registrations for the general public begin at 6:00 pm. The fun starts with the Opening Ceremony at 7:00 pm. A few of the activities planned are the Survivor and Caregiver Lap, Parade of Teams, food, children's activities, cancer information and education, Luminaria Ceremony at dusk, Mr. Relay, Road to Recovery Race, and much more.

Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we've lost, and fight back against the disease. Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that Mercer County is not immune to this disease and that by participating in Relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society's efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Funds raised at Relay For Life of Mercer County are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community.

The American Cancer Society and Princeton Community Hospital partnered together in 2011 to expand the cancer resources available in the community. We are proactively positioning our resources for the easiest access to local cancer patients, family members, caregivers, and the community by working directly with them where they are being treated. Volunteering at the Resource center allows volunteers to see first-hand thier fundraising efforts at work.

Relay For Life's Luminaria Ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased at the event for $5.00 or by visiting www.relayforlife.org/mercerwv.

May 22, 2013 marked the American Cancer Society's 100th birthday. The ACS combines an unyielding passion with a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. Let's make this century the one that ends cancer. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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