Issaquah Relay for Life celebration kicks off

January 8, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

The 2013 Issaquah Relay for Life is not until June, but it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to raise funds for the event, Gwen Schweitzer, the event’s chairwoman, said.

The relay season officially kicks off in January with a special informational session where attendees have the opportunity to learn more about Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Team members and captains are encouraged to attend the hourlong kickoff event to sign up for the 2013 relay, get fundraising tips and play games.

The past two years, the kickoff celebrations were snowed out, Schweitzer said, so the games at this year’s kickoff will have a decidedly wintery flavor.

“So our theme this year is to freeze out cancer and we have some games that are sort of cold-weather themed in the hopes that we can actually play them,” she said.

If you go

Issaquah Relay for Life Kickoff

Issaquah Relay for Life

  • June 7-8
  • Issaquah High School
  • 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The Issaquah Relay for Life was the top fundraising relay in all of King County for the past two years. What makes that feat even more astonishing is the fact that more than 50 percent of the Issaquah relay participants are youth, Schweitzer said.

“Over half our participants are middle school or high school students, which is unique for a community event,” she said. “Our top fundraisers are local high school students and middle school students and that is amazing and inspiring for all of the participants.”

The Issaquah relay will return to Issaquah High School this year, after being relocated to Skyline High School due to Issaquah’s construction.

“We’re really excited to return to Issaquah High School,” Schweitzer said.

The 2013 event will take place June 7-8, but the kickoff will allow participants to get an early start on fundraising and just, in general, get in the “relaying” spirit, Schweitzer said.

“I think Relay for Life is important to help remind the community that we have all been touched by cancer and we can all make a difference,” she said. “American Cancer Society is the biggest private funder of cancer research, and it’s through that research that we increase survival rates.”

Relay for Life is a worldwide event that raises funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Last year’s Issaquah relay raised about $300,000 for the American Cancer Society.

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