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Feb. 22, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s basketball coach Debbie Ryan invites you to join her in the fight against cancer. As honorary chair of this year’s Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay for Life, Ryan will attend the team captains’ meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at the Church of the Incarnation Parish Activities Center (behind Toys R Us).

Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life – including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers – to join together to fight cancer. Teams of enthusiastic citizens will gather at Monticello High School for a 24-hour relay against cancer from 8 a.m. on April 27 until 8 a.m. on April 28.

Relay For Life opens as cancer survivors walk, run, or wheelchair the first lap. This is an emotional time and sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution. A festive atmosphere always develops around the track area at these events. As participants make new friends and spend time with old ones, the Relay heats up and the camp-out begins.

Highlighting the evening is the luminaria service held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have lost the battle against cancer. The luminaria candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions.

“Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fund raiser,” said Peadar Little, event chair. “Many of the participants will be people who have been cured of cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made in cancer cure rates and in the quality of life following cancer treatment.”

For More Information contact: Peadar Little, Event Chair, (434) 978-6916.

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