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Young Professionals First Relay For Life in Southeast Set for September 14At Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University
by elissa.mccrary@cancer.org
August 01, 2013 12:07 PM | 515 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Young Professionals will host a Relay For Life event on Saturday, September 14 at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is the first-ever Young Professionals Relay event in the Southeast.

The Relay is unique in that it was created for the young professional man or woman in their 20s, 30s or 40s who is trying to find their place in their community. Forbes Magazine named Atlanta the ninth-best city for young professionals in 2010 in a study that compared cost of living, number of large companies, number of elite graduates, average income and unemployment. In addition, Next Generation Consulting named Atlanta fourth in a 2009 “Next Cities: Hot Spots of Young Professionals.”

“After looking at who Relay events, it seemed that we were missing a key demographic among Relayers – young professionals,” says Lauren Logsdon, the event chair. “We have high schools participating in Relays nationwide, and collegiate events are among the fastest-growing Relay events. But after graduation, many Relayers stop participating as they get more involved with their careers. This Relay gives young professionals a chance to join with others their ages to fight cancer. Atlanta has been named one of the best cities for young professionals, so while this is our first year, we know that Atlanta will make history with this event.”

While all people are welcome to participate in the September 14 Relay, the event is designed with the young professional in mind, using social media to keep updated, QR codes for fundraising, meetings held during dinner hours and lasting no more than 50 minutes, and a daytime event that will not interfere with a traditional work schedule. The first-year goal is to raise $60,000 with 30 teams and 250 participants. Like other Relay events, the focus is on cancer survivors and caregivers.

For more information on the Young Professionals Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org/atlantaga or contact Lauren Logsdon at logsdon.lauren@gmail.com, or Team Development Chair Mandy Conner at mandy.conner@yahoo.com.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event, taking place in more than 5,000 communities nationwide and in 20 foreign countries. Relays bring communities together for a common purpose– fighting cancer. And Relays celebrate people who have survived cancer and remember those who have lost their battles with the disease. Relays are overnight events, with 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. For information on Relay For Life, go to relayforlife.org.

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