Erath County is ready to Relay - online. The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Erath County has an interactive Web site that highlights specific information about the event and cancer-related topics. Relay online is also an easy and fun way to accept team registrations and collect credit card donations.

This year’s Relay For Life of Erath County is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18th at Stephenville City Park.

Relay For Life is the Society’s signature fundraising event. Teams of people camp out for 12 hours, walking laps on a track, socializing and participating in planned activities. Teams can be made up of family, friends, coworkers or community groups.

Relays around the nation have taken the fight against cancer online, and have seen increases in both participation and dollars raised. General cancer awareness is also a goal of Relay For Life by providing lifesaving cancer information at the events and online.

“Relaying online is an easy way to spread the word about Relay For Life and ask for support,” said Christi James, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. Once individuals form or join a team, they can share their personal reason for Relaying, and send out emails to friends and family asking for support of the cause through participation or a monetary donation. Top fundraising teams and individual fundraisers are highlighted on the front page of the Web site. Teams can even keep track of their total donations raised from the site.

The Web site address is www.acsevents.org/stephenvilletx

“Of the millions of ways that the Internet is used today, raising money and awareness to fight a disease that affects almost all of us is the best one that I’ve come across. We are thrilled to be Relaying online in our community. This Web site will make a huge impact in the way that we fight cancer,” said James.

Relay has been bringing cancer survivors and anyone touched by the disease together since 1985. The first Relay For Life was in Tacoma, Wash., when its founder, Dr. Gordy Klatt, decided to run for 24 hours at his local high school’s track with the idea that cancer never sleeps. That year, Dr. Klatt raised about $27,000 for the American Cancer Society and invited teams of friends and families to join him in the future. Today, more than 4,600 communities across America host their own Relay For Life and the events have raised more than $2 billion for the fight against cancer. As the most successful not-for-profit event in America, Relay For Life provides a platform for raising cancer awareness and connecting communities to the programs and services of the American Cancer Society.

For more information about online giving or the Relay For Life call Christi James at (254) 968-2727. For more information on cancer call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.