Kickoff event is Feb. 15, at the chamber's Business After Hours monthly gathering.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jefferson County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives.

Register a team or join a team online today by visiting or by calling Shari Durgan, online chairman, at 541-475-6665, if you need help.

The Team Development Committee includes Bonnie Grote, Alice Satterlee and Carla Nichols. Team captain meetings are on the first Monday of each month at the Jefferson County Senior Center at 6:45 p.m.

Relay For Life takes place from 10 a.m. on July 14, until 10 a.m., on July 15, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The theme is "Pirates of the Cure-Ibbean" and each team campsite can be decorated to reflect the theme. Costumes are also encouraged.

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 exciting community event.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out for the 24-hour event. The goal is to keep at least one team member on the track pathway at all times throughout the evening.

The Madras Bowl for Life Team captain Jenniffer Grant, provides beads for each lap an individual completes. Those beads may be strung on a purchased ribbon and worn as a necklace. Many team members earn 40-50 beads or more.

Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer. Many participants are family members, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps bring hope that, together, people can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

Relay 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.

As a result, more than 15.5 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. For cancer resources, call 1-800-277-2345, or visit the website

Everyone is invited to the Relay kickoff event at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber Business After Hours gathering on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the Mackie Conroy building.

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