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Arlington, Marysville/Tulalip Relay For Life kick-off events rescheduled for Feb. 7-8 due to snow

SMOKEY POINT — Saturday, Jan. 21, was originally set to mark the start of the 2012 Relay For Life season for both the Arlington and the Marysville/Tulalip communities, but the first winter storm of the year in Snohomish County shut down those plans.

In keeping with this year's theme of "The Magic of Relay," the Arlington Relay For Life had even scheduled a Disney-themed "Parade of Lights" on Olympic Avenue that afternoon, but because of the inclement weather, the Arlington community will have to wait until this May for the Magic Kingdom to join it in commemorating its third year of Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society, in conjunction with the town's "Paint the Town Purple" celebration.

However, neither the Arlington nor the Marysville/Tulalip communities have given up on staging official commencements for the 2012 Relay For Life season, which is why Feb. 7 and 8 have become their new kick-off days.

The year's first meeting of team captains for the 2012 Arlington Relay For Life will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Stillaguamish Senior Center, located at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington.

This year's Arlington Relay itself will run from Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. through Sunday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. at Arlington High School's John Larson Stadium.

Last year's Arlington Relay raised almost $300,000 for the American Cancer Society.

For more information, you may contact the co-chairs of the 2012 Arlington Relay For Life — Terri Bookey at 360-631-6505 or tlbookey@comcast.net, or Kerry Munnich at 425-239-9615 or kerrymunnich@gmail.com — or staff partner Jennifer Holocker at 360-631-2769 or Jennifer.Holocker@cancer.org. You can also log onto the Arlington Relay's website at www.relayforlife.org/arlingtonwa.

The 2012 Marysville/Tulalip Relay For Life season will still be kicking off in the conference room across the street from the Holiday Inn Express, located at 8606 36th Ave. NE in Marysville, but this time, from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Mo Olason, event chair for the 2012 Marysville/Tulalip Relay for Life, explained that the kickoff will serve light refreshments and cupcakes, and will feature speakers, from 6:30 p.m. forward, intended to inspire and motivate the community to join the Relay in its annual fight against cancer.

"It's about a community that takes up the fight," Olason said. "You don't want to miss the fun and excitement."

You can register for $5 at the kickoff or log onto the 2012 Marysville/Tulalip Relay for Life website at www.relayforlife.org/marysvillewa.

To learn more or get involved, email Olason at mo.msvlrelay@gmail.com, Jessica Henkel at jessica.msvlrelay@gmail.com or Kristin Banfield at kmbanfreld@frontier.com. You can also search for "Marysville/Tulalip Relay for Life" on Facebook.

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