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Local talent sought to perform at American Cancer Society Relay For Life

Each year, more than 3 million Americans donate their time and talents to help the American Cancer Society continue its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

During this summer's American Cancer Society Cass County Relay For Life, those "talents" just might include bands, dancers, jugglers, singers and many other forms of entertainment.

The relay is set for Friday and Saturday, July. 31 - Aug. 1, at YMCA West, 4243 19th Ave. S.W., in Fargo.

The planning committee is putting the final touches on its schedule of events for the Cass County Relay and they are seeking local individuals and groups to entertain the participants as they make their way around the track. Local entertainers will be able to showcase their abilities from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday.

"If you can pick a guitar, juggle a ball or tap dance across the stage, we want to hear from you," said Doug Stetz, Community Relationship Manager for the American Cancer Society. "We're not looking for professionals; we're just looking for area acts who enjoy getting up on stage and entertaining the folks as they walk - something to keep the spirits up as we get later into the night."

The Cass County Relay For Life is an overnight event that increases awareness of cancer while raising much needed funds for the society's local patient services and programs, advocacy, community education and ongoing cancer research. Teams can be comprised of up to 15 members, and are usually made up of friends, family members, cancer survivors, co-workers, students, clubs and active seniors. The afternoon of the event, teams show up at the track to pitch their campsites. Then, following the opening ceremonies and cancer survivors lap, the teams are asked to have one member walking the track at all times. When they aren't taking their turns on the track, participants can usually be found visiting other campsites, enjoying the games, activities and entertainment, or partaking in the many food venues.

Donations to the Cass County Relay For Life can also be made on the event's Web site: or by stopping by the American Cancer Society office at 4646 Amber Valley Parkway, in Fargo.

Stetz says that besides signing up for the entertainment portion of the relay, there is still time to form a team or register to walk in the ceremonial opening cancer survivors lap. For more information on the American Cancer Society Cass County Relay For Life, contact Stetz at 282-3867 or email