It may be hard to believe but the 2015 Relay for Life event is only six weeks away.

The Relay for Life event is slated for Friday, May 1 at Hiwassee College from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The 2015 Relay for Life theme is: “One World, One Fight, Once Cure.”

This year, the fundraising teams will have a nation theme for their tent and the food they sell at the May 1 Relay. By having the teams decorate and sell food that represents the nations of the world, organizers feel there will be more diversity in what’s offered to those attending the event.

Organizers encourage teams to go ahead and sign up to participate in the 2015 Relay immediately. You may sign up by going to the website www.relayforlife.org/monroetn. There is no registration fee. The more teams that participate, the better, organizers say. Teams raise money through a variety of ways, including yard sales, bake sales, and selling food or hosting games at the event. You can raise money the whole year.

If you have not had cancer, you certainly know someone who has. We have all been touched by the disease in some way. There is no better way to step up the fight against cancer than by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has raised more than $4 billion for cancer research.

In addition to helping find a cure, signing up your business, school or organization to become a fundraising team is a great way to get your name out there and become part of the community through networking and meeting new people. Besides all that, it is simply a lot of fun to have a team and if you can’t do that, make sure you attend this year’s Relay for Life. In more recent years, the event has become one of the biggest outdoor and entertainment events in Monroe County. You can hear different kinds of music, eat all kinds of great food representing various countries and play great games. There is no cost to get in! The money you spend on food and games goes for a great cause.

Don’t forget, The Advocate & Democrat will produce a special section before this year’s Relay for Life, highlighting the event and telling you more about how Monroe County is coming together to defeat cancer. You can purchase ads in our special section in memory of someone or in support of someone battling cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the ad sales in this section will go to Relay for Life.

To find out more about how you can participate in Relay for Life, send an email to the Monroe County Relay for Life Chairwoman Jennifer Colllins: jencollins23@hotmail.com.

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