Register now for Relay For Life teams

Feb 27, 2013

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of West Haywood gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register for teams at or by calling 254-6931.

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 event. Relay For Life of West Haywood will be from 6 p.m. May 10 to 6 a.m. May 11, at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

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 their campsites during the relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups — 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,” said Stephany Smathers, event chair of the West Haywood Relay. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps brings hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.”


The American Cancer Society combines passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the group fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. It saves 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.

To learn more, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The theme for this year’s Relay for Life of West Haywood is Heroes of Courage.  The next team captain meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Lake Junaluska Visitor Center. Dinner, The Great Pizza Caper and drinks will be provided, as well as an opportunity to meet other committee volunteers and team captains to share ideas and gain enthusiasm and support to help fight this disease that has touched everyone.


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