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Relay For Life comes to Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – Organizers have high hopes for Woodstock’s first Relay For Life, the overnight walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

The event, which starts late April 20 and runs through the next morning, will be at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road. Students from the school are helping organize the event.

“We had a couple teams that did our Huntley relay, and one of the students thought that it’d be a great idea to do one at the high school,” said Mike Jostes, a community manager with American Cancer Society. The cancer society has several Relay For Life venues within the county.

At least one member from each team always is walking during Relay For Life, while the others camp out surrounding the track.

The event has raised more than $4 billion since it began in Tacoma, Wash., in 1985.

Participants are required to donate $10 to sign up. Incentives, such as a T-shirt for raising $100, help drive donations.

The money raised goes toward cancer research, programs to allow high school students to sit in on cancer research, wigs and makeup for cancer patients, medical bill payments for struggling patients and families, and gas for volunteers who take patients to and from treatments, Jostes said.

The events usually draw between 200 and 400 participants, he said.

“Our goal is $35,000 raised,” Jostes said.

To register for Relay For Life of Woodstock, visit www.relayforlife.org/woodstockil.

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