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Plans for Jonesborough’s 2015 Relay for Life well underway

American Cancer Society volunteers are already hard at work in preparation for Jonesborough’s third Annual Relay for Life, set for Saturday, July 25.
“Washington County used to have one large event,” explained Jessica Poff, community manager for Relay for Life in Washington and Green counties. Several years ago, however, she was approached by town business owners and residents who wanted to start their own event.
“It’s been growing every year,” Poff said.
The Relay for Life event is ACS’s signature fundraising activity each year. Survivors and their families, as well as countless concerned community members join together each year to raise cancer awareness, along with needed funds to continue the battle.
People often are not aware of the impact ACS and its Relay for Life have on a community, Poff said.
“We do a lot of research, $10 million in Tennessee alone,” she said. And their commitment lies in fighting all types of cancer.
In addition, they provide patients with everything from clinical trials to free wigs, support groups and transportation.
“Colonoscopy, Pap smear, mammogram, these were developed by the American Cancer Society,” she said. “The money we are raising is saving people’s lives every single day.”
For more information about the local Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society, call 975-0635 or toll-free, 1-800-ACS-2345.
The 1-800 number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.