Cancer continues to remain a top health concern for many Americans. The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable and events like the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life not only educate people on what they can do to reduce their cancer risk, but also raise funds that lead to better treatment and more lives saved.

This year's Relay For Life of Jefferson County will be June 13 at Madison Consolidated High School.

Trimble, Carroll and Switzerland counties also are planning Relays.

The Trimble Relay will be June 13 at Bedford Elementary School. Carroll's Relay will be June 21 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Switzerland's Relay will be June 13 at Ogle Riverfront Park.

While the events are still several months away, planning committees are currently recruiting more teams to join the event. Teams are often made up of co-workers, friends and family members. Many businesses, schools, organizations and religious groups also build teams.

Prior to the event, team members raise dollars by fundraising and securing sponsorships. During Relay For Life, teams take turns walking a track in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

If you are interested in starting or joining a team, log on to and follow the links to the Relay For Life in your county. If you're not able to join a team, simply log on to make a donation.

Volunteers also are needed to recruit fundraising teams and help with a host of other tasks.

The first volunteer committee meeting in Jefferson County will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Ivy Tech Community College.

Call the American Cancer Society at (812) 599-5909 for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Relay For Life is a fun event that brings together families, friends, businesses, hospitals, schools and faith-based groups to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer, remember those who lost their battle, and fight back against the disease.

Join in to show your support.