At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.
February 2020 – The Northern Lights of HOPE: A new volunteer led initiative to fight cancer replaces Relay for Life of Roscommon and Crawford Counties
The Relay for Life programs in Roscommon County and Crawford County have come to a close after 24 years of high impact. But the passion and cancer fighting efforts are getting STRONGER for a new initiative unique to Northern Michigan. We have broken down the county lines and worked to form a new collaborative effort that unites strong volunteers from both communities to continue the grass roots level advocacy of our mission.
Beginning immediately, The Northern Lights of Hope will merge the two events together for a freshly designed program. Unlike Relay for Life, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society, Northern Lights of Hope provides more flexibility for volunteers to raise their way. There will no longer be a 12-24-hour walk taking place in either community, however survivors, caregivers, supporters and sponsors will have the opportunity to attend shorter and separate events throughout the fiscal year. The change was prompted after nearly a decade of declining community participation in the Relay for Life Events. With a strong desire to keep fundraising efforts and cancer survivorship celebrations intact, area volunteers began to explore new possibilities. The group started building the program in the fall of 2019 and on February 5, 2020 – charter members gathered together as a whole to begin putting an active plan into action. The group fully expects to have more information to share in the second quarter of 2020 with careful planning and building in full swing. Part of the Northern Lights of Hope initiative is giving the ability to have individuals fundraise on their own time in the manner that they see fit. The other part is designing quarterly initiatives that unite the individuals as a group to provide our communities with exciting new ways to engage with our mission and fundraising efforts. Events that our guests have come to love such as the Luminaria Ceremony to remember loved ones and the Cancer Survivor and Caregiver Recognition will still be incorporated into the planning efforts. These two events will likely stand alone and are fully expected to be supported both by our valued and hope inspiring survivors as well as our faithful sponsors. Details will be released to the public and our supporters through media, social media and mailings. Local fundraisers such as the Fred’s Lobster Boil, Restaurant Give Backs, Trivia Nights, Scrapbooking events and MORE will continue to be a staple through our incredible volunteer efforts. If you would like to learn more about the Northern Lights of Hope or have questions and concerns about the sunsetting of our two Relay For Life programs, please do not hesitate to reach out to American Cancer Society staff member, Trisha Jackson at 989-858-5160 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We expect to have more information to come as we Regenerate, Re-energize and Renew how we carry forward with the powerful impact of incredible volunteers! Thank you for your continued support. Recruiting new NORTHERN LIGHTS NOW. Please visit us on Facebook (Northern Lights of Hope, American Cancer Society) or on the web by searching ACS Northern Lights of Hope. All it takes is a desire to make an impact in this fight against cancer.
Categories: Family, Community & Civic Organizations/Services
North Central Region - American Cancer Society, Inc.
1755 Abbey Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Contact Name: Trisha Jackson