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Glenbrooks relay against cancer

Students at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South are gearing up for this year’s Relay for Life events meant to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life Glenbrook North 2012 will be held at the GBN football field from 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 to 6 a.m. Sunday, June 10.  Approximately 350 students plan to participate, forming 48 teams. This school year, GBN has raised more than $28,000 for cancer research projects funded by the American Cancer Society.

“Relay for Life continues to be an event that many of our students dedicate themselves to each year. Nearly 50 students are serving as volunteers this year, and they take their commitment to this cause to heart,” said Dr. Jean Witty, a GBN science teacher and member of the Relay for Life Club Cure.

Because of ongoing construction at Glenbrook South’s football field, GBS students will participate off site in the 2012 Relay for Life Northshore from 6 p.m. Friday, June 15 to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 16 at Gallery Park in The Glen. More than 200 GBS students are expected to participate.

“This year is a big year for Cure Club. I want to see a change in how people see the event and the cause,” said Glenbrook South junior Brittany Balzano, who is president of Cure Club. “1 in 4 men and 1 in 6 women will be diagnosed just this year. Sure, we can't cure cancer right away but this is the first step to a cure.”

Relay for Life is a relay style event where teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Relayers do not have to walk all night, but each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org.