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Salem Relay for Life Kick-Off Held Tuesday

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The goal and theme have been set for the 2013 Salem Relay for Life.  The announcement was made at the Kick-Off Celebration held Tuesday night at the First Christian Church in Salem.  Co-Chair Deb Huffstedder says this will be a special year for the relay.

"The theme is 'Hope Soaring to New Heights'.  So since this is our tenth anniversary for the Salem event, we are trying to get a big push and try to get as many folks in the community involved as many as we possibly can.  Our goal is $85,000.  The economy is tough, but we beat our goal last year, so we're really pushing this year.  We always want to do that one step better than we did the year before", said Huffstedder.  

Huffstedder says they have set some other goals for the 12 hour relay that will run from six pm on Friday June 28th through six am Saturday morning the next day.  "35-teams is our goal for this year, 150-survivors in the track.  We usually get a good number registered, but they all don't make it out.  So we're trying to push a little harder this year to get as many to come out to the track as we can.  We want to put as many as 80 luminaries around the track", said Huffstedder.  

Huffstedder says they will also be seeking more local sponsors.  Those in attendance were told that 72-cents of every dollar raised by the American Cancer Society goes directly to fight cancer, including research, prevention, early detection and free patient services.  The society spends 21 cents for mission-critical funds, honor survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer.  Only seven cents goes to general costs and overhead.  The kick off included a chili cook off won by the Jayden's Army team.  The chef, Raquel Altom, was presented a package of items from the cancer society.

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