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Relay for Life Kickoff set for January 9

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Effingham County will hold a free kick-off for the annual event on January 9.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Effingham American Legion. Everyone is invited to the kick-off to learn a how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

The program will highlight how the community has benefited from funds raised and will honor cancer survivors and caregivers. Speakers will include members of the Event Leadership Team and Stacey Nettleton, Volunteer Session Leader for Effingham’s Look Good Feel Better classes.

Guests will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life event, which will be held on Friday, July 7, at the Teutopolis Junior High School.

The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Relay For Life events are community gatherings where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 6,000 events worldwide in 2015.

Last year, over 550 people participated in the Relay For Life of Effingham County and raised $148,500. We were awarded the National “All American Award.” The All American Award recognizes growth, retention, Relay branding, diversity, and leadership.

 “This is our community’s opportunity to help save lives from cancer by taking our message to more people and raising more dollars to fund the fight,” said Sarah Lucht, Community Manager for Relay For Life. “Together, our efforts can make a big difference.”

Visit to learn more about the event, or contact Sarah Lucht at 217-523-4503 or

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