Relay for Life Could Come to Town Green

American Cancer Society asks Vienna Town Council to host fundraising event, participate in Cancer Prevention Study.


The American Cancer Society is hoping Vienna will be among the locations to host part of its new large-scale Cancer Prevention Study as well as a local Relay for Life event, one of the group's largest fundraisers.

The Vienna Town Council will discuss at its work session Monday a request from ACS to host a local Relay for Life Event in 2013, potentially June 1 to 2.

In the past, the event — an overnight community walk in which fundraising teams take turns doing laps or loops for cancer awareness — has been held at Madison or Oakton High schools, among other locations across the county and region. 

ACS said it is "trying to make it more community involved and believe that hosting at a Town park may help," according to town documents.

The society proposed having the event at the Town Green after talking with Vienna's parks and recreation and police departments, according to town documents. 

The ACS has also approached the town about becoming a "community site" for its "newest large-scale Cancer Prevention Study (CPS)," an effort that "will try to understand how lifestyles, behaviors, genetics and environmental factors contribute to causing or preventing cancer."

Vienna would act as a host between September and Oct. 5, 2013, according to town documents.

Town Council will discuss both of the items at its work session at 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.

To view the ACS proposal, click here.


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