The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Register your team or join a team online today by visiting or by calling Shari Durgan, online chairman, at 541-475-6665, for help.

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event.

Relay For Life takes place from 10 a.m. on July 12 until 10 a.m. on July 13 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

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 and participants do most of their fundraising prior to the event.

This year, the theme is “The Colors of Cancer” and each campsite will represent one of the colors of cancer and have information about that cancer type.

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.

Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer. Many participants are the family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps brings hope that, together, people can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay for Life is available at or by calling Christie Young at 541-475-3353 or Alice Satterlee at 541-419-7335.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.

As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, participants fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Relayers 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 nongovernmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, members turn what they know about cancer into what they 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.

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