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Teams Look to Battle Cancer in Annual 'Relay for Life'

Organizers held a kickoff event Wednesday night. This year's event will take place on May 30 at Meade Middle School.

The West Anne Arundel County Relay for Life held its kickoff event Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Lemke)
The West Anne Arundel County Relay for Life held its kickoff event Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Lemke)
A five-month long effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society got started Wednesday, as dozens gathered for the local Relay for Life kickoff event.

The West Anne Arundel County chapter of Relay for Life held its organizational meeting at Arundel High School, and already announced 16 teams with more than $3,600 raised. 

The Relay for Life is a 24-hour event taking place May 30, in which participants set up booths, walk a track and share stories of how cancer has impacted them. This year's event will be held at Meade Middle School. 

Beth Broome is returning for her 11th year as part of Relay for Life, and is the coordinator for West Anne Arundel County effort. Last year, she captained a team on behalf of Four Seasons Elementary, which led all local teams with $13,000 raised. 

Broome is a survivor of both melanoma and Hodkins disease. 

"There's a special reason why I'm participating," she said. "I'm doing it for myself, and for my father, who lost his life to live cancer. And I'm doing it for all of the survivors who are still with us."

Broome's co-chair, Jenn Rzepecki, lost a cousin to cancer. 

"It's been two years, but it's still close to the surface," she said. "That's why I do this."

Anyone can form a Relay for Life team or take part as an individual by signing up at the American Cancer Society's website. 

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