Published 12:00 am Monday, December 6, 2004

Relay for Life to organize

in St. John

LAPLACE – St. John Parish’s Relay for Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society, plans an organizational meeting on Dec. 9 at 7 pm at Belle Terre Country Club.

The Relay itself is set April 30, 2005.

The organization consists of individuals and teams who will unite to begin planning St. John Parish’s involvement in the largest cancer fighting event in the nation. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life brings the entire community together in hope, celebration and memory.

Relay For Life is changing the face of cancer across the country and world with over 4,200 communities participating during the 2004 season, raising more than $34.8 million for the fight against cancer. Within St. John Parish, a total of $140,000 was raised during 2004, marking a record in the parish’s eight-year involvement in the event.

In the United States, men have a one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer, and for women the risk is one in three. Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life allows communities to participate in this important cause by raising funds for cancer research and the development of new prevention and detection programs. Relay For Life participants help the American Cancer Society continue to provide its expansive patient support programs and further its advocacy efforts.

You can be part of this movement to eradicate cancer by attending the Relay For Life Kickoff party on Dec. 9 at Belle Terre Country Club.

Your involvement in the Relay For Life could help make cancer a thing of the past.

For more information about Relay For Life in St. John Parish call Bobbie or Shelly at 652-5672.

For more information about the American Cancer Society call 1-800-ACS-2345 or access the Web site at

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.