Participants raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer at Batesville High School during the 2013 Relay For Life.Cancer continues to remain the #1 health concern for Americans. The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events like the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life not only educate people on what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead to better treatment and more lives saved.“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon,” stated Jeni Schnebelt, Event Chair. “Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts- we’re all a part of the fight and we need the community’s help.”This year’s Relay For Life of Ripley County will be held at Batesville High School Track/ June 21 and June 22 from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. While the event is still several months away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams to join the event. Teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams. Prior to the Relay event, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships. During Relay For Life, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking a track in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.At the event, the Luminaria and Survivor Ceremonies offer time to remember those we have lost and celebrate those who have won the battle, while the Fight Back Ceremony gives everyone a chance to make a personal commitment to take action against cancer throughout the year.If you are interested in starting or joining a team, log onto the Relay For Life website and follow the links to the relay For Life of RIPLEY COUNTY page. If you’re not able to join a team, simply log onto make a donation.For more information, call Jeni Schnebelt at 812-571-0297 or email: [email protected] we can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.