Volunteers needed around the county for Relay for Life events

People who want to participate in their first ever Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions.

To pull off the relay event, more than 40 volunteers are needed, along with at least 35 fundraising teams, said Jennifer Holocker of the Snohomish County office of the American Cancer Society.

A Mill Creek event was scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Merrill Gardens, 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway. It was unclear Tuesday whether that meeting would need to be rescheduled because of heavy snow.

To find out if this and other scheduled events are still on, contact Holocker at 425-322-1113 or Jennifer.holocker@cancer.org.

Other 2012 relays in the county are getting organized this month. For more information on each, go to www.relayforlife.org.

Stanwood-Camano: The start of fundraising for the June 2 Relay for Life at Stanwood High School is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sons of Norway Hall, 9910 270th St. NW, Stanwood.

Marysville-Tulalip: Attend a kick-off event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 8606 36th Ave. NE, Marysville. Speaker presentations and light refreshments are planned. People can register for $5 at the event to participate in the Relay for Life set for June 9 at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

Arlington: The Relay For Life in Arlington kicks off its third year with a Disney themed parade of lights at 4:30 p.m. Saturday down Olympic Avenue. Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Snow White and other characters from the Magic Kingdom are set to ride in lighted vehicles, accompanied by the Rotary train and a decorated fire truck. Official fundraising begins after the parade at Presidents Elementary School, 505 E. Third St. The Arlington relay is scheduled for June 23 at Arlington High School.

Lake Stevens: The Lake Stevens Relay for Life team won the 2011 National Rookie Relay of the Year award, following Arlington, which won the best first-year Relay for Life event in 2010. Lake Stevens’ next team meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Lake Stevens High School cafeteria. The Lake Stevens relay is set for May 19 at the high school.

Everett: The start of the fundraising season for participants in the Everett Relay for Life was Jan. 12. The relay event is set for May 19 at Cascade High School.

Monroe-Sky Valley: The Monroe Relay for Life celebrated its kickoff earlier this week. Its Relay for Life is set for June 2 on the Monroe High School track.

South Snohomish County: People in Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds and Lynnwood plan to join forces with a Relay for Life set for June 9 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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