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Tonight: Relay For Life Kickoff

Dearborn's 24-hour Relay for Life event will be held in April.

Twenty-four hours. One-hundred thousand dollars to raise. Dozens of teams. and 12.6 million Americans celebrating more birthdays, thanks to funding raised by Relay for Life.

Dearborn's Relay for Life kickoff takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

The Dearborn Relay for Life event, a 24-hour walk that helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held this year on April 27-28. Each year, hundreds of Dearborn residents and their friends and family take part in the event—including those who have lost loved ones to cancer and those who have overcome the disease in its many forms.

According to Relay organizers:

This inspiring overnight event unites people throughout our community in the common goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Teams camp out and take turns walking around a track. They join local cancer survivors in celebrating their collective victory over cancer during a special Survivors Lap. They take time to honor and remember cancer survivors and those who lost the battle during the evening Luminaria Ceremony. They also fight back against cancer by pledging to save one life from cancer before next year’s Relay.

The Feb. 1 kickoff event marks the start of the “relay season,” and serves as a means to getting participants pumped up for the big event at the end of April.

For more information about the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dearborn, visit www.relayforlife.org/dearbornmi, or contact Elizabeth Sawielski at 248-663-3406, or Elizabeth.sawielski@cancer.org.

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