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Relay for Life plans already under way in East Huntingdon

Marilyn Forbes | For The Daily Courier
Relay for Life Committee members are (front, from left) Joyce Prutz, Linda Millslagle, Kim Cramer, Rachel Davis, Linda Miller, Mark Bungard, Melissa Wendell; back, Robin Hall, Andrea Giachetti, Sarah King, Katie Pallone, Darcy Pallone, Sarah Bendel, Judy Toman, Stacey Porterfield and Jan Palonsky.

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Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:03 a.m.
 

Plans are under way for this year's Relay for Life, held every July at the Regional Family YMCA in East Huntingdon Township.

American Cancer Society Income Development Manager Dawn Keefer said teams for the annual event are getting registered.

The Mt. Pleasant relay will mark its 13th year. Organizers hope for a bigger and better turnout than last year, when 20 teams raised about $125,000.

“We'd love to see more teams get involved this year,” event co-chairperson Rachel Davis said. “We'd like to see more interest and more people.”

American Cancer Society staff member Andrea Giachetti said new teams are welcome. She said there is a good group of repeat teams signed up for this year.

“We have a good core group of teams who really get into the fundraising and who come to all the meetings,” Giachetti said.

“We have several things that we are doing a little differently this year,” Davis said. “We are starting at noon, and we are having our Survivor Lap at 5 p.m. We will then be having a dinner instead of the lunch that we always had, and we will then finish up at 10 the next morning.”

Davis said the luminary event will be held around 9 p.m., and there will be a shuttle service offered this year to help with parking issues.

New this year be a Miss Relay Contest in which three young ladies from the area will be crowned Little Miss, Junior Miss and Teen Miss.

“We are really excited about this,” Davis said. “The teen winner will then spend the year speaking as an advocate.”

Keefer said she hopes to draw more interest from a younger audience.

“I'd really like to see more youth groups or teenagers get involved,” Keefer said. “I think that it's very important for youths to get involved at a young age.”

The 2013 Relay for Life will be held July 20-21 at the Regional Family YMCA in East Huntingdon.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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