The kickoff for the 2011 Relay for Life of Monett will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Big Baldy's BBQ on Highway 60 in Monett.
The "Tailgate Kickoff" will have a football theme, and all area residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about Monett's Relay effort. Shelby Linahan, a Monett school teacher and cancer survivor will be the featured speaker at the kickoff.
"The event is open to the public, and we encourage anyone interested in becoming more involved in Relay for Life to come and check it out," said Jennifer Cendroski, Relay co-chairman.
The kickoff event will include fun and prizes and food will be available for a 10 percent discount for those attending the meeting. Information about Relay for Life will also be distributed.
The date for Monett's 2011 Relay for Life event has been tentatively set for May 20, 2011, at Burl Fowler Stadium.
For more information about the Relay, contact Cendroski at 354-8622. Those who would like to participate in the Relay but are unable to attend Tuesday's meeting can call Cendroski to sign up or they can sign up online at www.relayforlife.org/monettmo.
The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is a 24-hour event that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and fights back against the disease.
During the Relay, teams of people gather together and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
In addition to walking, Relay teams plan fun activities for the community to participate in, and there are opportunities to honor those who have battled cancer.
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash., ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man's passion into the world's largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities participate in Relay.
In 2010, Monett's Relay for Life raised over $84,000 for the American Cancer Society.