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Relay For Life event on April 26 in Henry

HENRY — Relay For Life will be held Friday, April 26, with a chicken and ravioli dinner at the Henry American Legion and Central Park in Henry, but there is another way to be involved with fighting cancer.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is an advocacy group that works to make cancer issues a priority nationally and at the state level. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group affiliated with the ACS that funds aggressive grassroots lobbying and media campaigns.

ACS CAN has been involved with legislation related to tobacco control, cancer research funding and access to health care. Currently in Illinois, ACS CAN is working to raise the minimum age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21 years old.

To join, or for more information, contact Audrey Williams at 309-688-3488 or by email at audrey.williams@cancer.org. You can also visit www.acscan.org for further information.

The Relay For Life of Marshall and Putnam Counties will be held Friday, April 26, as teams illuminate the park. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Legion.

The event will culminate in the luminaria ceremony to be held in Central Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony is a gathering of the community and loved ones to remember those lost to cancer, to celebrate those who have conquered the disease and to support those as they continue their fight. After the sun sets, the luminaria light up the night, reminding us all why we fight back. Luminarias can be purchased before the event by calling Cindy Stange at 309-238-7928 for an order form and bag(s).

There will also be entertainment, games and the silent auction throughout the evening.

To support the Relayers in Marshall and Putnam counties, donations can be made to this local Relay For Life event by visiting RelayForLife.org. Community members can also start or join a team by following the links to their local event. For more information about team fundraising events throughout the year, “like” M-P Relay For Life on Facebook.

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