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January 24, 2011

Relay For Life set to 'Warm Up' at Baseball Hall

The Cooperstown/Northern Otsego County Relay For Life "Warm Up" is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Warm Up is the official kick-off of this year's event, which will take place Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, at the Cooperstown Dreams Park.

Those who are interested in forming a team or becoming involved may attend the Warm Up to learn more about Relay.

The featured speaker will be Les Bush, a four-year prostate cancer survivor. In a media release, organizers said Bush will speak on the positive aspects of his journey and his optimism for the promise of a cure. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6, with the program to follow.

Relay For Life is an overnight celebration whereby pre-formed team members take turns walking around a track "relay" style. Months of team fundraisers precede the event, including the sales of luminarias, fundraisers and event-wide raffles. Highlights Friday evening will feature an opening ceremony, a ceremonial first lap by cancer survivors, haircutting to y provide free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments and "Fight Back" and luminaria ceremonies. It will culminate with a closing ceremony early Saturday morning.

This year, the Cooperstown event will be celebrating its 13th anniversary and the committee's goal is to generate at least $85,000 in revenue for the American Cancer Society to devote to research, education and services for cancer patients. The theme is "Colors of Hope."

Started in 1985, Relay For Life began with a colorectal doctor who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000 for his local cancer society in Tacoma, Wash. This year, Relay For Life will take place in more than 5,200 communities and is expected to raise more than $300 millions.

For more information about the Warm Up or Relay, contact Chairwoman Carla Eckler, or call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or 563-9634. More information is available on the website at

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