The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities is holding a "Power of Purple" pre-event party fundraiser on Friday, March 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hometown Fire Company to help prepare for the Relay For Life coming up in June, as well as to share the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer.

The party is open to the public and will include light refreshment, beverages and music by DJ Brandon Fritz. There will also be games, door prizes and other giveaways. Tickets to attend are available for $15 and can be reserved by calling (570) 645-2162 or (888) 227-5445 x3112. There will also be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. It is a fun-filled overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones,and raise money to fight back against cancer. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

"Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser," said Caylan Chanwik, Income Development Representative for the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer." Chanwik also stated her excitement in bringing the Relay back to a local stadium this year, which will be held at the Panther Valley Football Stadium on June 22 and 23. The event will run from 2 p.m. on Friday to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free to everyone. Relay For Life organizers encourage everyone to stop by at any time during the Relay and enjoy food, music, entertainment and activities. Special ceremonies will also be held to honor local cancer survivors and remember those we've lost.

For more information on the March 9 party, or if you would like to volunteer on the Relay For Life committee or start a team, contact Caylan Chanwik at (570) 645-2162 or (888) 227-5445 x3112. Organizers also noted that the March 9 Pre-Event party takes the place during the monthly Relay meeting originally scheduled for March 5.

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.

For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org