Tribune Staff Reports

Relay for Life of Jackson County conducted an event leadership team/team captain meeting Sept. 14 at MainSource Bank in Seymour.

American Cancer Society community manager Melissa Pressler discussed why people participate in Relay for Life events. She said all generally have been affected by friends and loved ones who have passed away from or have survived cancer.

And participants read the top 10 reasons why they should support Relay for Life.

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Attendees also met members of the 2016 event leadership team: Julia Aker, people lead; Pam Bobb, mission lead; and Mackenzie Bailey, youth champion.

Volunteers are needed to fill many open opportunities on the team. Anyone interested in joining may contact Pressler at melissa.pressler@cancer.org.

During the 2015 Relay for Life, Jackson County had 33 teams with 85 registered survivors, 325 registered participants and 15 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network members. The event raised $56,060.91.

Teams are being encouraged to solicit sponsorships as a part of their fundraising, and the Cancer Society has challenged community managers to have sponsorships by Dec. 31.

Upcoming team fundraisers include:

Texas Roadhouse gift card and dinner rolls sales by the Caring Hearts team. Rolls are $4, and butter is $2. Orders are due by Nov. 4. Orders for gift cards are due the first week in December and will be delivered before Christmas.

Redding Hornets Putting a Sting on Cancer is having a monthly color day, where they donate to wear a certain color on a certain day.

Volunteers are need to walk in the Seymour Oktoberfest parade Saturday with SmokeFree Seymour. They are asked to be at Seymour High School at 12:30 p.m.

The tentative date for the 2016 Relay for Life is May 13 with the possible theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Relay!”

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Attendees were encouraged to bring someone new to that meeting.

Kickoff will be Nov. 9 at MainSource Bank, 1130 E. Tipton St., in Seymour.