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Originally published: 2014-02-04 12:04:10
Last modified: 2014-02-04 12:13:40

Relay For Life kickoff

by Sherrie Norris

The 2014 Watauga County Relay For Life will get under way with its annual kickoff party beginning at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Deerfield United Methodist Church in Boone.

An event such as Relay For Life doesn't just happen, said Kathy Idol, relay chairwoman, as Thursday's event will prove.

Idol is one of dozens of individuals who volunteer countless hours every year for months prior to the event to make it a success.
 
Relay For Life is one of the largest, if not the largest, communitywide events that take place in the High Country each year. It has become an iconic event at which hundreds of participants come together through team membership and community spirit for one reason to raise funds and awareness to help fight cancer.

For many years, the Watauga County Relay For Life has taken top honors for its efforts; its fundraising success has drawn national attention more times than one.

The overnight event, usually held in June and most recently at Watauga High School, is symbolic of the compassion for which this community is known - especially those whose lives have been touched by cancer, according to relay officials.

Thursday's kickoff will not only jump-start the upcoming fundraising season, but it will also celebrate milestones from the 2013 event. It's the perfect opportunity for long-term team captains and team members to come together for a new beginning, as well as those who are new to relay and wish to know more about how it all works, officials said.
 
"We will have a lot of information to share at the kickoff," Idol said. "We will also be awarding prizes, enjoying good food, and sharing ideas for team activities and fundraisers for the coming year."

Idol especially encourages newcomers to join the relay family. "We will provide all the materials and help you need to make relay easy for you," she said. "The relay experience is something that everybody should have. It's life-changing for everyone involved."

Those planning to attend Thursday's party are asked to RSVP to (melissa.hiatt@cancer.org)
Deerfield United Methodist Church is located at 1184 Deerfield Road in Boone.