OSCEOLA COUNTY – This year, well more than 500,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer — more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease.

In the U.S., cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.

What can people do about it?

Locally they can help the American Cancer Society fight back by participating in Osceola County’s Relay for Life.

Relay For Life is a 24-hour team fundraising event held to benefit the American Cancer Society. Individuals from throughout Northern Michigan join together to battle cancer in the form of teams. Team members then take turns walking, running or jogging around a local track for 24 hours.

Relay For Life is a celebration honoring and remembering those who have battled cancer. All proceeds from this event stay in Michigan and are used for cancer treatment, prevention and patient services.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

This year, the Relay will take place at the Osceola County 4-H FFAFairgrounds in Evart beginning at noon on Friday, June 24, and ending at noon Saturday, June 25.

Relay For Life brings the community together in the fight against cancer. Teams of people have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.

Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. At Relay, every person in the community has a chance to celebrate, remember, and fight back. There’s still time to get a team involved in the fundraising.

Unable to participate? Everyone is welcome to come and show support for those participating.

For more information on the 2009 Osceola County Relay for Life, contact Mary Lynn Robertson 866 364-6284 or mlrobertson@cancer.org. For more information on the

American Cancer Society visit www.cancer.org.