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Relay for Life seeks volunteers

Alexis Knapp

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Alexis Knapp

KINGMAN – If you’ve ever run a relay race, you know it takes teamwork to do well. The same is true for the annual Relay for Life event that takes place each spring, and teammates are needed.

Alexis Knapp, Relay for Life community manager for the American Cancer Society, Inc. is looking for volunteers to be part of an event leadership team for the Relay for Life. She’ll be holding a volunteer open house meeting at Kingman Regional Medical Center – Hualapai Campus on Wednesday.

“We’re looking for people to join in and help for the event in the spring,” she said. “It’s very much a community event and we can’t do it without great volunteers like the ones who have been running it since it started in 2005.”

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer. Funds raised enable the society to help people facing the disease today, educate people about how to reduce their risk for cancer or detect it early when it’s the easiest to treat, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

Responsibilities include recruiting volunteers, developing relay events and fundraising. The 2017 relay date is to be determined.

Knapp got involved with Relay for Life eight years ago after her grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 61.

“It was our way of giving back and remembering her life,” she said.

There are no requirements to be a volunteer. Simply have the desire to help others and raise awareness.

“By participating, you’re taking a stand in the fight against cancer,” Knapp said. “You’ll be surrounded by people who have been affected by cancer.”

The event runs 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in conference room A/B. For more information, contact Alexis at 928-526-7346 or at alexis.knapp@cancer.org.